Oil Seal Types

We can't emphasise enough how important it is to choose the right oil seal to keep your application functioning, and functioning well. Not every oil seal is the same. Manufactured using various material elastomers and to suit a range of dimensions, seals are as unique...

Rotary Shaft Seals

Rotary shaft seals are the more formal name for this type of seal; however, we also know them as oil, grease, fluid, or dirt seals. Whatever you call them however, they all perform the same function – to close the space between stationary and moving parts in machinery...

Silicone O Rings

As a leading O ring UK manufacturer and supplier of high quality seals and gaskets, offering a wide range of types, sizes, and sealing solutions that suit various applications across all industries, we work hard to ensure you get the best sealing solution for your...

Viton O Rings

Viton o rings bring with them numerous advantages, especially for applications within high-tech and critical industries. Providing great resistance to wide fluctuations in temperature and chemical ranges as well as being wholly suitable for pressure applications,...

How are O Rings made?

O rings are one of the most common components within manufacturing. Suitable for a range of applications and found in numerous everyday appliances, o rings are a vital piece of equipment to provide the perfect sealing solution. Ring-shaped seals, o rings are made up...

Pipe Gasket

A pipe gasket is designed to seal a space between two sections of a pipe. Many pipes have flanged surfaces where they join, which means it isn’t smooth or flat to make this connection secure. In order to overcome this flared area, a flange gasket will be used to...

Spiral Wound Graphite Fill Gasket

With so many different gasket options on offer today, we know it can be difficult deciding which ones have the right features for your needs. Each type of gasket is suitable for a variety of applications or uses, and the material that your gasket is made from will...

Gasket Cutting

Using the latest technology and equipment, gasket cutting today offers incredible precision. Achieving customised gaskets that meet your sealing requirements, today we’re now seeing various gasket cutting techniques used as we move away from the standard dimensions...

What are Bonded Seals?

As you start to compare the seals on offer on our site, you’ll find that there are many different options for a variety of uses. Bonded seals are a great solution for some applications, offering many benefits over other types of seals. Specialist Sealing Products...

Rubber Gasket Material

Rubber gaskets are a very valuable solution for a variety of uses, however, you’ll want to make sure you always choose the right option for your unique business operations. There are a variety of rubber gasket materials on offer, which provide you with an effective...

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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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