Article: three industries that benefit from the use of silicone rubber, and how to avoid the restriction of materials
Organic silicon elastomers are becoming more and more important in many engineering applications.
The future of silicone elastomers to the future of 2021 in the Smithers Rapra report indicates that the global market for organic silicon elastomers is expected to grow to around 558 million tons in 2021, with a compound annual growth rate of 6.1 percent.
Smithers Rapra rubber expert Gary Crutchley commented, “the report not only Outlines the key sector of the application of silicone elastomer, also summarizes the scope of the use of these materials, demonstrated the versatility as an engineering material.
In electronic applications
Organic silicon elastomers have many applications in electronics such as wire insulation, keyboard pad and package circuit components. “They have electrical insulation, fire resistance and a wide range of working temperatures,” explains John Manley of Smithers Rapra. This makes them the destinations of electronic systems, which are often in bad environments, sometimes found in aviation, aerospace and oil exploration. The consultant continued, “the development and use of silicone rubber compounds is rapidly developing in this area.”
The car industry
In the automotive field, the temperature of the engine room has been increased in recent years. Because compared with conventional rubber silicone elastomer can provide a better resistance to temperature and aging effect, so they are very suitable for this kind of more and more bad environment, especially if they also have oil resistance and lubricity. “Because the silicone rubber can now be used in car hoses and seals, it is even now commonly associated with the humble exhaust of a silicon rubber composite.” Crutchley said.
The basic properties of silicone elastomers are their relative chemical inertia in human chemistry. So silicone elastomers can be used as medical devices without worrying about adverse effects on patients. The typical use of silicone in this area is for bandages coated tubes or gels. However, these materials are also widely used in the body of medical implants or eyeglasses.
Organic silicon elastomers are not unrestricted, so it is important to choose, develop and gauge the material. “In order to ensure success and avoid product failures, it is critical to thoroughly assess the performance of the perspective material and to understand its service performance, limitations and service life,” said Vance. Smithers Rapra provides independent services to ensure optimum determination and optimization of the organic silicon formula.
Organic silicon elastomers may have a range of manufacturing problems, and we provide independent advice and support through the material development process, as well as identify suitable manufacturing routes and supply chains.
“We are also involved in a growing number of investigations of malfunctioning medical devices that often lead to high costs, loss of reputation and even legal action,” Crutchley said. He concluded: “in this case, we provide full expert witness support, but, through diligent product development and testing, it is best to avoid failure.”
Smithers Rapra cooperation with elastomer at various stages of the supply chain company, provide service for the whole life of rubber, from the initial evaluation of composition and design to prevent failure to life prediction, processing, manufacturing and end use.