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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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Nitrile (Buna-N)

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Nitrile (Buna-N)

Trade Names:

  • Nipol . . . Zeon
  • Krynac . . . Bayer Polymer
  • Nysyn . . . DSM Elastomers
  • Chemigum . . . Eliokem

ASTM D1418 Designation: NBR

ASTM D2000/SAE J200 Type, Class: BF, BG, BK, CH

Apple Compound Designation: BN

Standard Color: Black

Description: Presently the seal industry's most widely used and economical elastomer, Nitrile combines excellent resistance to petroleum-based oils and fuels, silicone greases, hydraulic fluids, water and alcohols, with a good balance of such desirable working properties as low compression set, high tensile strength, and high abrasion resistance.

Key Use(s): Oil resistant applications of all types. Low temperature military uses. Off-road equipment. Automotive, marine, aircraft fuel systems. Can be compounded for FDA applications.

Temperature Range
Standard Compound: -40° to +257°F

Hardness (Shore A): 40 to 90.

Features: Comprised of the copolymer butadiene and acrylonitrile, in varying proportions. Compounds can be formulated for service temperature ranging from -85°F to +275°F. Use of Carboxylated Nitrile can have superior abrasion resistance, while still having improved oil resistance.

Limitations: Nitrile compounds are attacked by small amounts of Ozone. Phthalate type plasticizers are commonly used in compounding Nitrile Rubber. These plasticizers can migrate out and cause problems with certain plastics. Also, new regulations on certain phthalates have limited their use.

 


 

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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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