Silicone Rubber Material Guide: Properties, Types & Applications

Silicone Rubber Material Guide: Properties, Types & Applications

​Frank Lowe offers die cut silicone rubber with or without adhesives. Read on to learn more about silicone rubber materials.

Safe enough to be used on baby bottle nipples and strong enough to withstand the rigorous demands of the aeronautics industry, silicone rubber is nothing short of amazing.

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Since 1955, Frank Lowe has been partnering with businesses across all markets to produce state-of-the-art industrial manufacturing solutions. We offer dedicated industrial contract manufacturing teams who specialize in providing comprehensive services to a variety of markets.From best-in-class materials, customizable products, and a full suite of industrial manufacturing services, we provide whatever it takes to help your business met its objectives. Regardless of the technical or logistics demands of your project, we will work with you every step of the way providing customizable distribution services and support to ensure the contract die cutting is completed and delivered on time, within budget, and to your exact specifications.

This high-performance elastomer was originally created with the purpose of insulating generators and electric motors. 

Today, silicone rubbers and sponges are used for a vast myriad of low and high temperature applications. Frank Lowe offers die cut silicone rubber to help improve your application or process. Continue reading to learn more about silicone rubber parts, components, and gaskets.

Key Properties & Characteristics of Silicone Rubber

As we previously mentioned, silicone rubbers are excellent for multiple high and low temperature applications. It boasts remarkable resistance to ozone and weathering, which makes it a suitable elastomer for outdoor applications. However, silicone rubber isn't resistant to superheated steam. It also has low gas permeability with minimum resistance to petroleum-based fluids.  

Key Attributes of Silicone Material

The principal material — silicone — is an organic elastomer that boasts:

  • Solid resistance to compression set
  • Excellent resistance to extreme temperatures 
  • Great retention of flexibility 

Any component, seal, or gasket made from silicone will have sound resistance to moisture, oxygen, and ozone.  

Applications for Silicone Rubber

Silicone rubber is one of the best materials on the market and is valued across several industries because of its excellent properties, such as:

  • Good thermal conductivity 
  • Elongation 
  • High tear strength 
  • Remarkable resistance to high temperatures — even fire.

Because of these desirable attributes, here are a few of the most common areas silicone rubber is regularly used.

Aviation

Silicone rubber has excellent ability to resist extreme temperatures, which makes it critical in the aviation industry. Silicone adhesives are regularly used to seal the most vital parts of planes like fuel tanks, doors, windows, vent ducts, etc.

Construction Industry

One of the most common uses of silicone rubber is in the construction industry. The material has adhesive properties that are used to bind granite, glass, metal, concrete, plastics, and other important materials.

Silicone rubber works to enhance the durability and strength of structures while protecting it against heat, pollution, moisture, and other wear-and-tear causing elements. This material is often used to restore historic buildings without compromising its original appearance and integrity.

Consumer Products

Silicone rubber is used in a range of different consumer products and household products. For example, most sturdy, non-stick, durable cookware is coated with silicone to improve the cooking experience.

Electronic Products

Silicone rubber is used in an endless number of electronics products. It's regularly used for sealing processors and inner circuits, which work to protect them from moisture, corrosion, heat, and other damaging conditions.

Healthcare

Since silicone rubber is proven to be resistant to bacteria, it's commonly used in healthcare products. It's also essential for infant care products, manufacturing of prosthetics, and other medical equipment with high safety standards.

Gaskets and Seals

Silicone gaskets and seals are commonly used to prevent leaks between mechanical parts. In general, rubber is an excellent material because of its resistance to several liquids, its flexibility, and compressibility. Silicone is an excellent sealing material because of its resistance to chemicals and ability to withstand a range of temperatures.

However, it's critical to note that silicone rubber is used for static gasketing and sealing applications. If you attempt to use it in a dynamic seal application, the rubber can become easily damaged and tear.

Types of Silicone Rubber: Fluorosilicone & Liquid Silicone Rubber

One of the most attractive attributes of silicone rubber is the seemingly endless array of options offered by the material. From the rainbow of color options to different levels of flexibility and hardness, whatever you need from your silicone rubber — Frank Lowe can make it happen. In fact, we'll listen to your specific needs and guide you to the best solution.

Fluorosilicone Rubber

One of the primary types of silicone rubber elastomers we offer at Frank Lowe is fluorosilicone rubber. It boasts excellent high and low temperature stability and is suitable for exposure to ozone, sunlight, air, aromatic hydrocarbons and chlorinated hydrocarbons. However, this material does boast poor physical strength, high friction characteristics, and poor abrasion resistance. As a result, we do not suggest fluorosilicone for dynamic sealing or applications that involve hydrazine, brake fluids, or ketones.

Order Die Cut Silicone Rubber Components

If you're looking for the best die cut silicone components and parts, Frank Lowe will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. We utilize a range of world-class die cutting equipment and processes to produce precise die cuts to your specifications. Our experienced team will listen to your unique project needs and guide you to the best solution.

You can choose for your die cut silicone rubber components or gaskets to be supplied on a roll, kiss cut, or die cut to your specifications. Regardless of how you prefer your material, we offer to add a pressure sensitive adhesive to the back of your silicone rubber component that will bond to a variety of surfaces.

Contact Frank Lowe for Silicone Rubber

Whether you need silicone rubber parts for sealing, protecting, gasketing, or any other application — Frank Lowe offers the solution. Even if you don't know the exact specifications, we can lend our expert design assistance to ensure we provide the most ideal solution. We can even supply materials and provide quick run prototyping to test any material or part.

Ready to explore, pursue, and create better? Contact Frank Lowe today.

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