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Tip: Materials Chart for Oil Seals

Some of the most common materials used for oil seals are nitrile, highly saturated nitrile, Viton®, FEP, silicone and polyacrylate.

 Materials & Temperature


 Use With These Fluids

-10 C to +305 C Compound Specific
Simriz® oil seals are molded of an elastomer that has the broadest chemical resistance of any elastomeric material. They combine all the resilience and sealing force of an elastomer with a chemical resistance approaching that of FEP. most chemicals
-10 C to +204 C Compound Specific
Aflas® oil seals are made from a unique fluoroelastomer that is resistant to petroleum oils, steam, hydrogen sulfide and amine corrosion inhibitors. petroleum oils, H2S, steam
Carboxilated Nitrile
-54°C to 135°C
Nitrile oil seals are made from a compound that tolerates low temperatures and has excellent abrasion resistance. petroleum oils, water
FKM Fluorocarbon
-40 C to +204 C Compound Specific
FKM Fluorocarbon oil seals feature excellent resistance to petroleum products and solvents. They have good high temperature and low compression set characteristics. They are suited for use with wide chemical exposure situations and for hard vacuum service. petroleum oils, gasoline, transmission fluid
-56°C to 204°C
A fluorosilicone oil seal combines the good high and low temperature stability of silicone with the fuel, oil, and solvent resistance of fluorocarbon. This oil seal is resistant to petroleum oils and gasoline. petroleum oils, gasoline
Highly Saturated Nitrile (HSN, HNBR)
-26°C to 160°C
Oil seals made from highly saturated nitrile have excellent resistance to petroleum oils and sour gas. Because of the extended temperature range of highly saturated nitrile, it is becoming a preferred compound in the oil patch. petroleum oils, H2S, CO2
Nitrile (Buna-N)
-40°C to 135°C
Nitrile (Low-Temp)
-65°C to 120°C
Nitrile is presently the seal industry's most widely used elastomer. Nitrile oil seals combine excellent resistance to petroleum based oils and fuels, silicone greases, hydraulic fluids, water and alcohols. Nitrile has a good balance of working properties such as low compression set, high tensile strength, high abrasion resistance, combined with a low cost. petroleum oils,
water, hydraulic oils
-40°C to 105°C
Polyurethane is an excellent material with high abrasion resistance characteristics and high tensile strength. Polyurethane oil seals are used in high pressure hydraulic systems where highly stressed parts are subject to wear. These seals are resistant to petroleum oils and hydraulic oils. petroleum oils,
hydraulic oils
-20°C to 204°C
FEP is a tough, chemically inert polymer possessing an incredible working range. Oil seals from this material are for static and slow intermittent dynamic situations. FEP is hampered by a poor memory at low temperature. most chemicals
-20°C to 170°C
Polyacrylate has better heat resistance than Nitrile. It works well in high surface speed oil seals. petroleum oils, Freon
-60°C to 200°C
Silicone oil seals have a high lubricant absorbency which minimizes friction and wear. petroleum oils, some acids

Data is presented for use only as a general guide and should not be the basis for design decisions. If you are designing oil seals and need help choosing the right material, just give us a call.



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