Rubber gaskets are used in various industries. They are best suited for general purpose applications involving low to medium pressures and temperatures. Where they really shine is in applications involving chemicals, water, and hydrocarbons. Certain rubber formulations make them resistant to a specific set of chemicals, here are some applications for rubber gaskets:
1. Industrial pipes and fittings. Rubber gaskets are commonly used in industrial plants for utilities and chemical processing lines, and these gaskets are limited to low to medium pressures.
2. Water and plumbing. Rubber gaskets are the most popular pipe sealing material. This is because of their low cost and resistance to corrosion and degradation by water, chlorides, and other biological factors.
3. Cars. There are two types of rubber gaskets used in automobiles. The first type is those used to seal low-pressure and passive components. Made entirely of rubber, they're designed to absorb any shock and seal the interior from water and air. The second is those used for engine and transmission parts such as oil pan gaskets, exhaust gaskets, and cylinder head gaskets. These are usually composite gaskets.
4. Aerospace. Aerospace applications for rubber gaskets include sealing fuel supply, hydraulic, propellant, and oxidizer systems. Their mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties are designed to enable them to operate in harsher environments as they must be exposed to higher stresses and operating temperatures.
5. Ocean. Rubber gaskets are used in marine equipment and ships to seal hatches, doors, and windows. Due to their elasticity, rubber is required in this application. Having excellent elasticity allows the material to absorb shocks and shocks.
6. Tanks, Containers, and Containers:
Rubber is one of the most suitable materials for sealing lids, nozzles, holes, and ports of containers for liquids or bulk solids. This is due to the low cost of rubber, its good sealing properties, and its resistance to degradation and fluid reaction. Different types of rubber exhibit different chemical resistances.
7. Food and drug manufacturing. Rubber is the material of choice for food and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Rubber can be made from FDA-approved, non-toxic, consumer-safe substances. Rubber gaskets are commonly used in food, beverage, and pharmaceutical processing plants to seal valves, pipe joints, and equipment ports and fixtures.