What is EPDM rubber used for?

 

 In the early 1960s, companies set out to produce unique synthetic rubber. Having used natural rubber until this point, it eventually could not keep up with the complex needs of the manufacturers. Natural rubber offers value in its high strength but degrades after being exposed to UV for long periods of time. Due to a need for rubber with both elasticity and UV/ozone resistance, researchers and scientists developed a synthetic rubber - EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) that could enhance the properties of natural rubber. Ethylene propylene rubber can be easily produced and manufactured into many forms such as EPDM sheet rubber and adhesives. Today, Ethylene propylene rubber is used in many sectors for a variety of EPDM products such as gaskets, seals and protective pads.

EPDM rubber in the automotive industry

seals for automotive

EPDM is often used in the automotive industry due to its valuable sealing attributes and noise reduction properties.  EPDM bonds quickly with metal which gives a strong barrier against the weather as well as the environment, road surface and engine vibration.  EPDM is also UV-resistant and waterproof. The versatility of EPDM rubber enables it to be used in many applications.

Applications of EPDM rubber in the automotive industry

  • Window seals
  • EPDM gaskets and hoses
  • Door weather seal pathways
  • Rubberised channels for car windows and windscreens

EPDM rubber has been used in car products that have since been fitted into many vehicles around the world. It’s UV resistance, longevity and low cost mean it is the perfect anti-ageing material. 

EPDM for heating, ventilation and air conditioning

rubber components for heating and ventilation

EPDM rubber has a range of applications for use in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning sector, such as compressor grommets, mandrel-formed drain tubes, pressure switch tubing and panel gaskets and seals.

Benefits of EPDM rubber for HVAC systems

  • EPDM has low electrical conductivity and is also steam and water resistant.This makes it the best choice when working with air conditioning, heating and ventilation.
  • It has stability in both high and low temperatures and can withstand these conditions without becoming brittle and deteriorating.
  • Fans and motors that feature in HVAC systems cause vibrations that can be heard as a low hum. Incorporating EPDM rubber gaskets will reduce vibration transmission that could cause complaints if left.
  • Metal ducting can experience significant dimensional changes when consistently being warmed and cooled over time. EPDM rubber gaskets respond to these changes and still maintain a leak-tight seal.
  • EPDM gaskets are resistant to outdoor environmental factors such as UV light, moisture penetration, high and low temperatures and ozone.

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