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Why Should You Invest in Quality Seals?

While industrial seals might seem like something you could save a little money on, this is one part that we don’t recommend cutting costs on. A quality seal will offer many benefits to your business and operations, so it’s worth taking the time to find a solution...

All you need to know about Neoprene O rings

Popular in the refrigeration industry, neoprene o rings are also growing in popularity across a wide range of other sectors due to their incredible resistance to hazardous materials. Also known as chloroquine o rings, these o rings provide excellent resistance to...

Why all sealants are not the same

It's important to understand just how critical it is to use the correct type of sealant. It's especially the case when working with heavy machinery or any industrial situation. You don't want to have to worry about whether your sealing products are working correctly...

How to understand O-rings and their design

O-Rings are a critical component for the proper sealing of specific pipes. They have to sit within a specified groove, which can vary based on the hardware used. That's why it's important to note the various types of o-ring groove design to understand better what kind...

The importance of gasket thickness

Choosing the right gasket material for specific applications is vital. However, gasket thickness is also a feature that must not be overlooked in the decision-making process. Choosing the right gasket thickness can help when you’re experiencing challenges with...

How Thick Should Gasket Paper Be?

When creating gaskets, one of the most common questions we receive is regarding gasket paper thickness. You’ll find there are various options on the market, which come in different sizes and thicknesses. Today we’re going to discover what gasket paper is and how you...

O-Rings for the Beer Industry

O-rings offer a wide range of applications, and many people aren’t aware of just how versatile an o-ring can be. When working with o-ring suppliers in the UK, you’ll soon find out that we supply these to a range of businesses, including to breweries. Today we’re going...

Gasket Safety

Gaskets and seals are vital components for applications requiring a solid seal, helping prevent leaks and stop gases and other chemicals from escaping.  However, over time, and due to the fluctuating temperatures, compression sets, and exposure to chemicals, seals do...

Is fluorosilicone rubber o rings a sustainable choice?

Fluorosilicone rubber, also known as FVQM or MFQ, contains 23-28% fluorine and has nearly the same physical and mechanical properties as standard silicone rubber as matches on par with their flexibility at low temperatures.  However, due to its fluorine...

PFAS for sealing – good or bad

PFAS is a big topic for conversation worldwide.   At SSP UK Ltd, we’re monitoring these conversations closely and looking at how the proposed regulations and legislation will affect the sealing industry now and in the future.  PFAS is a diverse...

How Temperature Impacts Gasket Performance

How temperature impacts gasket performanceWhen using a spiral wound gasket, there are many things you need to keep in mind. The most common issue we hear people discuss regarding gasket performance issues at high temperatures. If you are using a gasket for the first time at a new temperature and notice it overheating, you need to consider the other options on offer to make this operation safer. Here at SSP Ltd, we are committed to helping you find the safest solution for your business, so keep reading as we share the top things which impact gasket performance.

How Does Heat Impact Gasket Performance?

When used at a high temperature, you’ll notice that gaskets are impacted by this change in the environment. This could also include the use of hot water and hot steam, which are unable to exit the machine and cause the gasket to experience some issues. Gaskets are likely to swell, harden, or change in shape and form, which can destroy them too much to be able to complete their intended job. The material of the gasket will, of course, impact how much heat changes it, but when the material starts to bake, it will lose its elasticity and become harder. You’ll find that it may develop cracks and breaks, which lead to leaks in the gasket and machinery.

While this is certainly the worst-case scenario, you need to keep in mind that the material you use is the top consideration when working at a high temperature. Each material reacts differently to heat. Plastic is known to melt or deform, whereas setting materials are more likely to harden or shrink, which can result in cracks in the material. When the gasket begins to change, the tight flange will loosen and cause further issues with your work. The main result you’ll see when you use the wrong gasket at a high temperature is leakage, which none of us ever need when working at a high temperature.

What Type of Material Is Best for Excellent Gasket Performance at High Temperatures?

The good news is that the performance of gaskets depends on the material you use, and there are options that can help you to work at higher temperatures with no issues. To stop the head gasket from overheating, we recommend using engineering plastics or materials which are reinforced with metals. These will both stop the performance from weakening over time, and they are less likely to expand or harden. Thermally capable plastics or alloys that are resistant to deformation are the best options, as they won’t become brittle or contract in the heat. These materials can work at every temperature, so they are a great option for performance head gasket operations.

Different Types of Gaskets for Various Applications

You may opt to use various types of gaskets depending on the application you are carrying out. Firstly, metallic gaskets are made with a combination of metals that can be used at high temperatures or pressures. Common materials that are used include carbon steel, stainless steel, copper, aluminium, and nickel.

As the name suggests, non-metallic gaskets are made from easily compressible materials. They have more limitations to the temperatures you can use them in, and that will depend on whether you opt for nitrile, EPDM, or silicon. PTFE is another popular material that has good resistance to temperature.

For an in-between option that offers you more flexibility, consider semimetallic gaskets. They are between the two other categories, and they can be used for high pressure or high-temperature applications. You’ll find that these usually include stainless steel, which is mixed with graphite or asbestos.

It’s so important to think about the material you are using if you are going to work at high temperatures. Leaking is something that no one wants to experience, and it can cause delays to the operations within your business. You’ll find that when you test out various gaskets and choose ones that are designed for use at high pressure or temperature, you’ll be well on your way to success in the future with any type of application.

Are you looking for a new gasket solution for your business this year? Our team will be here to help you find the right option for any type of application. No matter what project you are working on currently, you’ll find that there are options for every type of business. We’ll be excited to partner with you to avoid the issues we shared above when working at a high temperature. We’ve seen how gaskets respond to different temperatures, and we know that we can find you the best solution for your needs. Contact our team today to discuss the best gasket material for your business and how we can help you to create a safe working environment. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and find the right option for your company this year.

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