Silicone rubber is a rubber-like material, also known as an elastomer, and can be used for a diverse range of applications due to its unparalleled qualities. Here we will look at six of those qualities and how useful they can be.
Temperature Resistance and Resistance to Chemicals
The large temperature range at which silicone rubber can maintain useful properties is between -55 degrees Celsius and 300 degrees Celsius as standard, but with the addition of other materials this can even be increased further.
Another quality that can be helpful for silicone hose manufacturers is the resistance of silicone rubber to oil and other chemicals. Silicone rubber can even withstand some exposure to alkaline and acids.
Colouring and Performance Under Extreme Conditions
Silicone rubber can be easily coloured using silicone-based colours, allowing for products that can be distinguished from one another. This can be particular beneficial for the production of items where there may be several required in the same place, such as for silicone hose manufacturers like https://www.goodflexrubber.com/pages/silicone-hose-manufacture.
Products made from silicone rubber are able to preserve their elasticity and colouring even under strong sun conditions due to its resistance to UV light and ozone. In this it differs from organic rubber, which is susceptible to degrading under heat, UV and ozone conditions. This makes silicone rubber ideal for use in extreme environments.
Inertness and Flame Resistance
Silicone rubber is perfect for making products to be used during food preparation or equipment for food production as it has FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval. The biological inertness of silicone rubber is part of what makes it so adaptable for these purposes. It is also this inertness that makes silicone rubber suitable for many medical applications, including protective items, such as this ear guard as detailed in this article from the BBC.
There are varying classifications of silicone rubbers with flame-resistant qualities. Those silicone rubbers with particularly high BS standard flame-resistant classifications will not release any poisonous gases – instead a ceramic powder forms on the surface, which then protects the silicone rubber. These qualities are used especially in areas such as underground railways.
Just this small look at silicone rubber shows just how adaptable and useful it is. The applications of this wonder product are continually growing, and advancements continue to be made.