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Gasket types: 1. o ring, 2. fiber washer, 3. paper gaskets, 4. cylinder head gasket
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Gasket types
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A compressible material used in an interface to reduce gaps and create tighter fitting mechanical joins. Gaskets are held under pressure to create a static seal that reduces leakage, transmission, and/or vibration. As such, in museums, gaskets can be used to minimize air exchange between sealed cases and museums, to compensate for alignment irregularities between two edges, and to reduce potential for the transfer of dust, dirt, pollutants, and pests. A wide variety of materials, such as Natural rubber, Paper, Metal, Felt, Fiberglass, Asbestos, and Cork have been used for gaskets. More recently, additional synthetic options, called elastomers, have become available. The compressibility or ability of a material to deform, is usually measured with the Shore hardness test (durometer).

Examples of some elastomers currently used as gaskets include:

Material Durometer Shore A (hardness) General properties Resistant to: Attacked by: Commercial names
Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) 30-90 Excellent resistant to ultraviolet light, ozone, oxidants, heat, and compression set Resists the swelling effects of polar chemicals, animal and vegetable oils. Mineral oils and solvents, aromatic hydrocarbons
Ethylene vinyl acetate closed-cell elastomeric seal (EVA) Closed cell foam that is lightweight, odorless with good flexibility and softness Excellent ozone, chemical resistance. Good acoustic properties low resistance to heat and solvents
Fluorocarbon (FKM) 50-95 Excellent fluid resistance. Work well at low temperatures. Very good chemical resistance to acids and oils as well as hydrocarbon and halogenated solvents Ketones, low molecular weight esters and nitro-containing hydrocarbons. Viton
Isoprene (butyl rubber) 40-80 Excellent resistance to heat, oxygen and water. Low gas permeation. High vibration absoprtion (dampening) Hydrocarbons solvents and oils
Nitrile rubber (NBR, Buna-N) 20-100 Good physical properties. Broad temperature range. Resistant to water, petroleums and oils
Polychloroprene 15-95 Good weathering, flame retardant. High tensile and tear strength Moderate chemicals and acids, ozone, oils fats, greases and many solvents. Strong oxidizing acids, esters, ketones, chlorinated, aromatic and nitro hydrocarbons Neoprene
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) 73 Good electrical insulator. Inflammable and stable to light. Inert, often used in drug and food contact Hydrophobic and very resistant to all solvents, acids, and bases Low strength and susceptible to creep at room temerpature. Teflon
Silicone rubber (dimethyl silicone) 50-70 Most stable of all elastomers. Resistant to sunlight, oxygen and moisture. No odor or taste. Resistant to high and low temperature ranges, fatigue, most chemicals, oils, oxygen, and ozone Poor resistance to aromatic solvents. May have residual silicone oil that creeps to other surfaces.
Styrene butadiene (SBR, Buna-S) 40-100 Low cost, general purpose elastomer. Excellent flex and strength Resistant to alcohols and ketones Petroleum based fluids

Synonyms and Related Materials

o-rings; washer; piping (metal gaskets); flange;

Sources and Citations

  • Wikipedia: Link Accessed Jan 2021.