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Choosing the material for a thermal gasket may, at first glance, seem like a simple choice of one option over another, but it can have far-reaching effects. Gaskets are typically made of a material that can be deformed to create a seal. This not only prevents leaks but also prevents two opposite components, typically metal, from wearing and rubbing against each other. To be thermal, the gasket must also be able to withstand temperature and prevent heat from destroying the gasket by dispersing heat effectively.
Selecting the right type of gasket material will create a system that is more effective, efficient and allows for better performance. This is particularly true in manifold gaskets and other components for engines.
Different types of materials used in thermal gasket design are rated for different temperature ranges. This is a factor of the natural properties of the material and this will be readily available from any company supplying or manufacturing custom gaskets.
Materials used in gaskets have different compatibility with chemicals and compounds in use in the system. Knowing the specific use and requirements as well as what types of compounds may be present in the system will be important in choosing the right type of gasket material.
Specific Considerations with the Environment
Over and above chemicals or corrosive agents that may be present, it is also important to consider the specifics of the environment. Some types of foams used in thermal gasket options can become brittle and damaged with exposure to sunlight, steam or other types of environmental types of contaminants.
It will also be important to consider the specific operating conditions, including the pressure in the system, the gasket will have to withstand. This is a factor of resistance of the material to become hard and permanently deformed if pressure is present.
Choosing the right material for a gasket that will be exposed to chemicals, pressure, environmental factors and that will resist compression can seem like a very real challenge. Working with a design and engineering team specializing in gaskets and sealants is a simple solution to this problem.
These companies are experts at solving problems, discussing material options and choices and providing their customers with accurate information to choose the gasket product that is right for their needs.
For assistance in choosing the best material for a thermal gasket talk to our design and engineering team at Standard Rubber Products, Co. (SRP). You can also contact us through our website at www.srpco.com.