Neoprene, which is also known as “polychloroprene,” is a type of synthetic rubber produced by the polymerization of chloroprene. Neoprene gasket material has become very common due to the fact that it resists the likes of ozone, sunlight, oxidation and many petroleum derivatives. Additionally, neoprene is characterized as being weather-, combustion-, water- and chemical-resistant. As you can see, it’s popular because it is resistant to many types of damages. What’s more, it’s also resistant to damage from twisting and flexing.
Here’s a closer look at the properties of neoprene so you can judge whether or not it’s a good material for your application:
- Stretch and cushioning properties: Neoprene is elastic and form-fitting, able to conform to various sizes and shapes. It’s also cushioning, able to absorb shock.
- Various grades available: From cloth inserted neoprene, which is reinforced with nylon for additional stability, to flame retardant neoprene, which passes a variety of flammability specifications, there are several grades available to suit any application. Other popular grades include commercial, FDA approved, diaphragm and high tensile strength.
- General gauge thicknesses vary in size from 3/32-inch up to 2 inches.
- Hardness ratings vary from 40 to 80.
- Plate finish.
- Neoprene can withstand temperatures ranging from -20 degrees F to 180 degrees F.
- Tensile strength ranges from 900 to 1,000 PSI.
- Elongation ranges from 350% to 400%.
- Finally, widths are 36 inches, 48 inches or 72 inches.
- Pressure sensitive adhesive, or PSA, are available upon request.
- We fabricate neoprene gaskets through proven manufacturing processes that include waterjet cutting, flash cutting and die cutting.
One other neat feature about neoprene is that it’s impermeable, meaning that it can work as a tight barrier to prevent the escaping of gases or liquids.
For more information on the neoprene material and neoprene gaskets, and to speak with someone about placing an order, contact us today.