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Different elastomers for o rings and various applications

An elastomer is a primary raw material used for most o rings. They are typically manufactured as gum rubber or manufactured synthetically, and surprisingly today, there are approximately over 32 different synthetic rubbers now available.  Elastomer compounds will...

Spiral wound gasket thickness – what’s best?

It is often recommended that using a thinner gasket type/material will result in better sealing performance.  Why?  Because thinner gaskets tend to require much less gasket stress to provide applications with the perfect seal, they also have an excellent response to...

Choosing the correct oil seal application

Choosing and using the proper sealing devices within oil and gas applications can be vital when preventing dirt, dust, water, and other debris from potentially getting inside and contaminating products.  Of course, all rubber materials and seals will provide a range...

Nitrile rubber, NBR, and Buna-N – how well do you know your o ring materials?

A widely used elastomer, Nitrile, Buna-N, or NBR rubber, are all oil and fuel resistant and provide a great level of strength, making them a popular material for seals across various industries.  Suitable for a range of applications, this versatile rubber material,...

Optimum squeezing force for an o ring

It is true that the more squeeze you place on an o ring, the tighter the seal it will provide. In essence, the more squeeze (compression) you apply, the greater the force between the o ring and its mating hardware.  And ensuring you have the perfect seal is all...

O Ring Squeeze

The squeeze and shrinkage on an o ring are vital to understanding as these factors stand in the way of your application either experiencing a perfect seal or your application suffering from leaks.  You can measure the shrinkage of an o ring during...

Keeping your o rings bonded

EMI o rings. Those seal ring gaskets are made of silicone compounds, combining environmental sealing with electromagnetic interference protection.  Consisting of metal or metal-coated particles, silicone o rings are filled with silver, silver aluminium, or nickel...

The importance of mechanical seals when reducing water consumption in mining

Environmental considerations are at the top of most industry's agendas in the 21st century as companies evaluate and improve operations, processes, and systems.  Conserving water in mining is one such area that is now being investigated further with the rotation of...

How choosing the correct gasket reduces risks

Health and Safety across any industry are vital, especially so in industrial facilities and settings.  Why?  Because harmful leaks and emissions must be avoided at all costs to avoid serious accidents or injury to your teams and property.  That’s why having the right...

How to tighten your bolts perfectly

How to tighten your bolts and which tools you should use to achieve the perfect seal is not as seamless and straightforward as we would like. Various factors come into play in these situations, such as bolt grade, size, and even application type.  Tightening torques...

Purpose of a Kammprofile Gasket

kammprofile gasket purposeThe ultimate purpose of a gasket is to stop leaks while being able to deal with varying levels of compression. 

When it comes to Kammprofile gaskets, these are ideal for standard pipeline and heat exchanger applications.  Due to their grooved metalcore, with a layer of graphite (or other composition sheet material), they can handle pressures from vacuum to Class 2500 and temperatures beyond 1090oC. 

These reasons alone are why you will find a large number of kammprofile gaskets being used on oil rigs and refineries, where they continuously deal with high compressive loads. 

Kammprofile gasket design 

There are three different styles to a kammprofile gasket.  A ring, a floating guide ring, and a fixed guide ring.  

All consisting of a sealing core metal, with a corrugated core.  They have a flexible layer which helps them to withstand high compression levels and create tight seals. 

Gaskets are made from materials such as stainless steel, nickel, aluminium, solid silicone, neoprene, Viton, and cork. 

However, no matter the type of material used, the gasket ultimately has to be flexible enough to adapt and fit into tight and irregular spaces, within pipes and fuel tanks specifically. 

You will mainly find kammprofile gaskets on older seals, as kammprofiles are not only reliable but they have a flexible construction. 

Used within chemical industries as well as on oil rigs and refineries.  Kammprofile gaskets can provide: 

  • Excellent recovery and compression 
  • Bolt stress relaxation and creep 
  • Joint tightness even under extreme pressures 
  • Consistency even through temperature fluctuations 
  • Flange rotation. 

Kammprofile gaskets also offer great value and better sealability compared to their other gasket counterparts, especially when considering surface defects in the operating environment. 

High quality, precision-made gaskets, will also last much longer and require much less maintenance.

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Importance of Kammprofile gaskets 

Kammprofile gaskets are traditionally used to seal boilers, pipes and fuel tanks.  Even car and lorry engines are fitted with gaskets, helping to create a tight seal between cylinders! 

In the oil and gas industries, kammprofile gaskets offer optimum performance due to the tightness of the grooved gasket they can provide. 

Within chemical sectors, kammprofile gaskets are used to manage the equipment in differing and frequently changing environments, especially relating to temperature and pressure and can mainly be found in pipelines and heat exchangers. 

In power plants, kammprofiles are used with manhole covers, for pressurisers and steam generators. 

Available in various shapes and sizes, as well as also being able to be custom designed, kammprofile gaskets ultimately act as an effective sealant that provides complete safety when used under differing conditions. 

A gasket that works well under pressure and is excellent in industrial situations. 

Kammprofile gaskets have a lot going for them.  For example, and a short recap: – 

  • They can withstand high pressure 
  • They’re effective in high temperatures 
  • They offer flexibility and functional recovery 
  • They’re suitable for highly corrosive fluid joints 
  • They have an impressive load-bearing capability 

There are several different types of kammprofile gaskets available and Specialist Sealing Products can help advise on, and offer you the most suitable one to meet your specifications. 

With kammprofiles available to provide outstanding reliability across any situation, offering an excellent alternative to metal jacketed gaskets, offering the same tightness as spiral wound gaskets, as well as offering material and sealing element options too, make sure to call us today to find out more. 

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