EPDM gasket vs Neoprene


What are gaskets?

Gaskets are sheets or rings of material that function as a seal between two or more surfaces. This seal can be used in a range of applications and stops leakage, the release of air and the ingress of dust. Gaskets are soft and flexible and can be subjected to a varying array of compression levels – they are often used to fill in gaps between machine parts.

Examples of industries that use gaskets and their specific application:

Engineering and Industrial
Gaskets are vital to this sector. Nuclear power reactors and oil platforms all rely on high-quality gaskets in their daily function. They are important for a range of reasons and some common benefits include:

  • Shock absorbency
  • Abrasion cushioning
  • Noise reduction
  • Electrical resistance and transmission

In the manufacture of cars, good quality gaskets are essential and without them, the production of automobiles of all sizes would not be possible. They can be used throughout a vehicle in many different applications, some of which include:

  • The engine cylinder – for compression
  • The engine system – for compression and heat absorption
  • The water pump – liquid leakage

EPDM gaskets

EPDM gaskets 

EPDM gaskets can be manufactured in a range of thicknesses. From 0.8mm upwards, their versatility throughout the manufacturing process often leads to them being a firm favourite. EPDM gaskets (depending on particular specifications) can be excellent in adverse weather conditions, have excellent insulating qualities, are often odour free and have excellent resilience against oil, grease and other chemicals.

Neoprene gaskets

Similar to EPDM, Neoprene can be manufactured in a range of thicknesses. The density of the range begins at 155-155kg/m3 and differs depending on the material specification chosen. Neoprene is also a commonly used material – it provides excellent recovery characteristics, temperature resistance in adverse weather conditions and has excellent resistance to oils and chemicals.

EPDM and Neoprene

Both materials are considered to be excellent all-purpose fabrics. However, commonly EPDM is an excellent choice for outdoor applications and is a popular choice within the automotive industry. Neoprene is a popular choice for its flame retardant capabilities, oil res and overall durability.

The most significant difference to consider before purchasing is that neoprene is oil resistant.

It is important to note that in order to be able to maximise on pricing and performance it is important to consider the material’s specific application.

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