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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Super Resilient Extreme Temperature Silicone Foam


Super Resilient Extreme Temperature Silicone Foam – Stockwell Elastomerics has it! Silicone foam, not to be confused with silicone sponge, is a platinum cured (addition cured) liquid silicone rubber that is expanded.  Silicone as an elastomer is very resilient, especially when compared to organic elastomers such as chloroprene. This is attributed to free volume in the molecular make up of silicones that allows the polymer to move more freely making the elastomer more flexible and resilient.  This free volume also gives silicones a lower glass transition than organic (carbon backbone) materials, meaning they can naturally perform at lower temperatures without plasticizer. In addition, the Si-O backbone is stronger and less susceptible to breakdown in high temperatures, UV and ozone environments.

Super Resilient Extreme Temperature Silicone Foam is a good description for Rogers Corporations’ HT-800 family of silicone foam products.  In addition to being super resilient and having excellent temperature properties, they are formulated in various firmnesses and carry a UL 94V-0 flame rating. HT-800, HT-820 and HT-840 are considered closed cell and are qualified by UL for enclosure gaskets, with UL50 and UL50E recognition.

Below is a list of performance properties for HT-800 silicones… it’s easy to see why these are usually the best gasket materials for indoor and outdoor enclosure gasket applications.
  • Super resilient (low compression set)
  • Extreme temperature range
  • UV & ozone resistant
  • UL 94V-0 flame rating
  • UL 50 and UL 50E gasket rating
  • Inherently fungus resistant
  • Closed cell foam for water sealing
  • Long life rubber
  • Available with or without adhesive from Stockwell Elastomerics
  • Competitively priced
Silicone foam sheet materials like HT-800 are widely used to seal and ruggedize electronic and electrical enclosures when regulatory compliance and long term performance is critical. Stockwell Elastomerics maintains inventory of the HT-800 silicone foam family of materials and applies high quality 3M adhesives as needed. Stockwell also waterjet cuts and die cuts custom gaskets from resilient silicone foam and silicone sponge sheet rubber. In addition, Stockwell Elastomerics manufactures slits rolls for gasket tape applications.

For more information about Super Resilient Extreme Temperature Silicone Foam, closed cell silicone sponge, and other high performance gasket materials, please call 1-800-523-0123 or email service@stockwell.com

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