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O-Ring Material Selection Guide

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Rubber compounds are a mixture of polymers, fillers, anti-oxitives and curatives. Various combinations can improve specific properties. Special compounds can be made to broaden temperature range or improve fluid resistance. These may add to lead time, but can lead to better application performance.

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Chloroprene

Material Selection Guide

Neoprene® (Chloroprene)

Trade Names:

  • Neoprene . . . DuPont Performance Elastomers
  • Baypren . . . Lanxess

ASTM D1418 Designation: CR

ASTM D2000/SAE J200 Type, Class: BC, BE

Apple Compound Designation: CR

Standard Color: Black

Description: One of the earliest of the synthetic materials to be developed as an oil-resistant substitute for Natural Rubber, Neoprene is a homopolymer of chloroprene (chlorobutadiene).

Key Use(s): Numerous component uses in the transportation field. Recommended for exposure to weathering. Preferred sealing material for refrigeration industry. FDA approved for food & beverage industry use.

Temperature Range:
Standard Compound: -40° to +250°F (Dry Heat Only)
Special Compound: -67° to +250°F

Hardness (Shore A): 40 to 90.

Features: Neoprene can be used in innumerable sealing applications due to its broad base of such desirable working properties as: good resistance to petroleum oils; good resistance to ozone, sunlight and oxygen aging; relatively low compression set; good resilience; outstanding physical toughness; and reasonable production cost.

Due to its excellent resistance to Freon® and ammonia, Neoprene is also widely accepted as a preferred material for refrigeration seals.

Limitations: Neoprene is generally attacked by strong oxidizing acids, esters, ketones, chlorinated, aromatic and nitro hydrocarbons. Because Nitrile is economically competitive with Neoprene, and generally has superior performance characteristics in most situations, it has largely replaced Neoprene in the O-rings of today.

 


 

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This tool is meant to be used as a professional guide only. Because no two situations or installations are the same, these comments, suggestions, and recommendations are necessarily general and should not be relied upon by any purchaser without independent verification based on the particular installation or use. We strongly recommend that the seal you select be rigorously tested in the actual application prior to production use.

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