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Tips for best o ring maintenance

If o rings are not maintained, leaks can occur, and water and other fluids can enter the appliance or application, and even product in the mix!  If this happens, damage can occur to internal parts and mechanisms, causing deployment failings, potential false readings,...

What you need to know about O Ring Lubricants

Silicone grease and lubricants aren’t just a nice to have for o rings, but they can quite often be a must-have.  However, with so many greases and lubricants to choose from, it can often be a minefield choosing the best ones and the right ones for your o ring and...

O Ring Replacement

Replacing an O Ring in pressure washer wands is probably one of the most common replacements you'll find when working with seals.  Unfortunately, O Rings don't last forever, and over time they do deteriorate, and you will require an O Ring replacement.  It's important...

Reasons behind seal failure and a look into seal replacement

Unfortunately, there are occasions where O-rings, in particular, fail.  The failure of these seals is not simply due to one factor, but various factors that can occur across a range of applications – hence why locating the exact cause of such problems is just that, a...

Gaskets and seals for Aerospace

Gaskets and seals used for aerospace applications and equipment must be of premium quality and to a substantially high standard.  They are used across a range of applications such as radars, antennas, lighting, access panels, electrical conductivity, pressure sealing,...

Finding the best sealing materials for Food Grade Applications

You will find rubber seals across various industries, providing an important element and operating as a vital fixing across a wide range of different applications and equipment.  However, these FDA gaskets must follow strict, set guidelines, in terms of their material...

The Evolution of Gasket Solutions

When we talk about gaskets and the history of a gasket, we must start at the very beginning.  What is a gasket?  Ultimately, a gasket is a manufactured seal that is used to fill the gap/space between two or more surfaces.  Gaskets are typically manufactured by cutting...

How to preserve your gasket

Gaskets and seals don’t last forever. However, they are designed, or they should be, last for a considerable period.  In this sense, it is vital to look at ways to preserve your gaskets in order to avoid any application downtime.  Downtime that involves additional...

Important Design Features of Rubber Sealings

When it comes to designing the perfect rubber sealing, there are a few design features to bear in mind to help achieve the optimum solution.  In this post, we explore these rubber sealing features further and provide information on the benefits and best uses for these...

Optimal Squeeze for an O Ring to be effective

A doughnut-shaped seal that is primarily used to stop liquids and air from escaping or getting into specific spaces is the function and role of an O Ring.  Also known as a mechanical gasket, O rings are designed to fit between a groove and a compression during the...

Materials that can be Used in Producing Gaskets

Materials that can be Used in Producing GasketsSeals and gaskets are meticulously manufactured to be able to withstand the exacting conditions under which they function. Not only does a gasket seal two distinct parts and allow the containment of extreme temperature fluids, steams and gases, but it must meld the sealed surfaces and not extrude.    

Its requirements extend to remaining stable and whole as this lends to the durability of the application in which it is used. Taking these demanding necessities into consideration means a gasket manufacturer must use the latest technology and the best materials to produce an acceptable product.    

Common Materials used in Gaskets 

Gasket materials can be divided into four basic categories.   

Elastomeric Materials 

Standard gasket production involves fabricating from sheets of materials. The most common form of sheet material used is an elastomer mixed with anonymous filler/fibre 

  • Butyl rubber: Resistant against ozone, gas, mild acids and alkalis; weakens on exposure to oil or fuel.  
  • Chlorosulphanated polyethene: Resistant against acids, alkalis, oil and fire.  
  • Ethylene propylene diene: Resistant against ozone, steam, acid, and alkaline liquids and vapours; unsuitable for proximity with solvents and aromatic hydrocarbons.  
  • Fluoroelastomer: Resistant to many corrosives, oils, aliphatic hydrocarbons and acid; unsuitable for proximity to esters, steams, vapours, amines and ketones.  
  • Rubber: Flexible with excellent resistance to acid/alkalis and salts; unsuitable for proximity to oil or solvents; weakens when exposed to long-term oxygen, ozone or UV/sunlight.  
  • Neoprene®: Withstands oils, ozone, sunlight/UV exposure, mild acids, alkalis, salts and solvents.  
  • Nitrile: Resistant to chemicals and temperatures, hydrocarbons and oils/fuels. Unsuitable foresters, ketones, strong oxidants and petroleum derivatives.  
  • Ask the experts at Specialist Sealing Products for more in-depth information about other elastomeric materials and their properties that are used in the manufacture of gaskets.  

Fibrous Materials 

Fibrous materials are well suited to any application that requires constant fibrillation without extrusion or wear and tear.   

  • Aramid: Kevlar is the best-known use of aramid which is composed of polymer fibres linked in rings. This structure gives an aramid gasket strong stability when used within a medium temperature range.  
  • Asbestos: This material still has its uses in gasket manufacture because of its extreme resistance to heat as well as pliability and strength.  
  • Carbon fibre: A gasket made from carbon fibre does not retain or build up the heat; it disperses it, and this must be taken into consideration with the surrounding parts in the application. It is widely resistant to chemicals and acids/alkalis.  
  • Cellulose: The constituent that makes plant stalks; it is bendable yet strong. It imparts these properties to gaskets.  
  • Glass: Not brittle; strong and chemical resistant.  
  • Mineral wool: Gaskets made from this man-made fibre are best suited to medium temperatures.  

Other Gasket Materials and Types 

  • Flexible graphite 
  • Mica 
  • Cork 
  • PTFE (Teflon™)

Metallic Materials 

Gaskets types made from metallic materials are best suited to sealing higher temperatures and pressures. They are mostly used for applications such as compressors, pumps, valves and condensers. They are manufactured from carbon steel, titanium alloy, aluminium and copper.   

When unsure whether an application should use a metallic, fibrous or elastomeric gasket, reach out to an expert at Specialist Sealing Products for advice on the best gasket type. Their extensive knowledge of seals and gaskets will set you up for success. 

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