Cloth Inserted Silicone Rubber

Cloth inserted silicone rubber is a type of silicone rubber sheeting that is reinforced with a fabric insert. The fabric insert, typically made of fiberglass, polyester, or nylon, is embedded within the silicone rubber matrix during the manufacturing process. This reinforcement enhances the mechanical properties and dimensional stability of the silicone rubber, making it suitable for applications where increased strength, tear resistance, and stability are required.

Here are some key features and benefits of cloth inserted silicone rubber:

  1. Reinforcement: The fabric insert provides added strength, tear resistance, and dimensional stability to the silicone rubber sheeting, making it more durable and resistant to mechanical damage.

  2. Tensile Strength: Cloth inserted silicone rubber exhibits higher tensile strength compared to standard silicone rubber sheeting, allowing it to withstand higher loads and stretching forces without tearing.

  3. Dimensional Stability: The fabric reinforcement helps to minimize dimensional changes due to temperature fluctuations and mechanical stress, resulting in improved stability and consistency of the rubber material.

  4. Abrasion Resistance: The added strength from the fabric insert enhances the abrasion resistance of the silicone rubber sheeting, making it suitable for applications where the material is subjected to wear and tear.

  5. Flexibility: Despite the reinforcement, cloth inserted silicone rubber remains flexible and can be easily fabricated into various shapes and forms, such as gaskets, seals, and conveyor belts.

  6. Temperature Resistance: Silicone rubber is inherently temperature resistant and can withstand a wide range of temperatures, typically ranging from around -60°C to 230°C (-76°F to 446°F), depending on the specific formulation. Cloth inserted silicone rubber maintains this temperature resistance.

  7. Chemical Resistance: Silicone rubber offers excellent resistance to a wide range of chemicals, oils, solvents, and fluids, making it suitable for use in applications where exposure to such substances is expected.

Applications of cloth inserted silicone rubber include:

  • Gaskets and seals in automotive, aerospace, and industrial applications
  • Conveyor belts and timing belts in material handling equipment
  • Expansion joints and compensators in piping systems
  • Protective covers and liners in machinery and equipment
  • High-temperature insulation pads and strips

Overall, cloth inserted silicone rubber provides enhanced strength, tear resistance, and dimensional stability compared to standard silicone rubber sheeting, making it suitable for a wide range of demanding industrial applications.

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