Neoprene Rubber Products
Neoprene Rubber, also known as polychloroprene or PC Rubber, is an extremely versatile synthetic rubber offering oil, petroleum and weathering resistance Timco Rubber specializes providing neoprene rubber parts manufactured for industrial materials and parts and consumer products. From foam to solid sheets, neoprene rubber is a multipurpose elastomer that can be used to fit a wide variety of products thanks to benefits like outstanding toughness and various resistances.
What is Neoprene Rubber used for?
In the automotive world, neoprene rubber applications are used for many under-the-hood and underbody parts that require a reasonably priced, mid-performance polymer with a good all-around balance of performance properties. Our manufactured neoprene rubber materials and products can also be used for several other industries, including mass transit, wire and cable, food preparation, and construction.
♦ Common Name: Neoprene
• ASTM D-2000 Classification: BC, BE
• Military (MIL-STD 417): SC
• Chemical Definition: Polychloroprene
• Abrasion Resistance: Excellent
• Tear Resistance: Good
• Solvent Resistance: Fair
• Oil Resistance: Fair
• Aging Weather / Sunlight: Good
♦ General Characteristics
• Durometer Range (Shore A): 20-95
• Tensile Range (P.S.I): 500-3000
• Elongation (Max %): 600
• Compression Set: Good
• Resilience /Rebound: Excellent
• Adhesion to Metals: Good to Excellent
♦ Temperature Range
• Low Temperature Usage: 10° to -50 F° | -12° to -46 C°
• High Temperature Usage: Up to 250 F° | Up to 121 C°
Applications Mass Transit Industry
♦ Neoprene meets the stringent Smoke-Flame-Toxicity requirements by the mass transit industry.
♦ The compounds are certified to the following:
• ASTM E162 (Surface Flammability)
• SMP800C (Toxic Gas Generation)
• ASTM C1166 (Flame Propagation)
♦ Gasketing material is used for
• Window seals with a locking strip (window and door seal extrusions)
• Door and sensitive door seals
Some of the typical neoprene rubber products you'll find when you look under the hood and throughout the chassis include:
• Neoprene Hose Covers
• CVJ boots
• Power transmission belts
• Vibration mounts
• Shock absorber seals
• Breaking and steering system components
Neoprene can be compounded for specific properties such as low temperature and compression set resistance which makes it a great material for construction applications.
Neoprene's excellent weathering performance and ozone resistance, as well as its high tensile strength and low compression set, make it a very attractive synthetic rubber for these outdoor applications.
Neoprene seals can be used in a variety of construction jobs including:
♦ Neoprene window seals
♦ Custom window gaskets
♦ Highway and bridge seals
♦ Bridge bearing pads
♦ Neoprene washers
♦ Bridge stay-cable anchor components
♦ Deviator pads
♦ Neoprene O Ring
♦ Elevator astragals
Wire and Cable Industry
Neoprene rubber parts are widely used for protective covering solutions in cable and wire systems.
With attributes similar to natural rubber in jacketing applications, neoprene goes further to provide much better heat, chemical, flame, ozone and weathering resistance than its natural rubber counterpart.
Neoprene's physical toughness and resistance to cracking make it an optimal material for use in cables that are commonly bent and twisted repeatedly.
Some specific wire and cable applications that benefit from neoprene rubber products include:
♦ Cable jackets
♦ Jacketing in lead press cured mining cables
♦ Jacketing in heavy-duty cables
♦ Conveyer belts
♦ Neoprene industrial hose
♦ Neoprene O rings
♦ Neoprene Diaphragms
♦ Grommets and vibration mounds
Benefits & Advantages
The benefits and advantages of using neoprene are its
♦ Outstanding physical toughness
♦ Resistance to heat and hydrocarbon oils
♦ Resistance to the degradation effects of sun, ozone and weather
♦ Wider short and long-term operating temperature range than other general-purpose hydrocarbon elastomers
♦ Better flame retardant/self-extinguishing characteristics than exclusively hydrocarbon-based elastomers
♦ Outstanding resistance to damage caused by twisting and flexing
♦ Compoundability: Neoprene's polymer structure can be modified to create a material compound with a wide range of chemical and physical properties
Given neoprene's excellent balance of properties, it remains a material of choice for many automotive and mass transit applications.
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