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Properties of Elastomers

Understanding Elastomer Properties and
Their Relationship with Seal Design

Selecting the best elastomer includes optimizing sealing performance, contamination, and cost.

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Selecting the best seal for a specific application is done by optimizing several factors. These include:

  • Sealing Performance
    • Physical
    • Chemical
    • Thermal
    • Pressure/vacuum
  • Contamination
  • Economy

The following section defines many of the key terms and elastomer
properties used in seal selection.

Seal Selection by Environment

The Physics of Rubber

Elastomer Properties - Hardness

Elastomer Properties - Tensile Stress/Strain

Elastomer Properties - Bulk Modulus/Resiliency

Elastomer Properties - Compression Set/Creep

Elastomer Properties - Stress Relaxation/Retained Sealing Force

Elastomer Properties - Shear Modulus/Tear Strength/Dynamic Stress-Strain

Elastomer Properties - Abrasion/Coefficient of Friction/Electrical Properties

Elastomer Properties - Miscellaneous Properties

High Pressure Seal Performance

Vacuum Seal Performance

Seal Thermal Stability

Chemical Seal: Chemical Compatibility

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