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An acronym for room temperature Vulcanization. The RTV process involves the mixing of a rubber, usually Silicone, with a catalyst to form a harder stronger material. The rubber vulcanizes chemically without the addition of heat. RTVs are used for sealing, caulking, and molds. Some commercial RTVs include GTE silicone resins.

Synonyms and Related Terms

room temperature vulcanization; vulcanizzazione a temperatura ambiente (It.)

Resources and Citations

  • J. P.Maish, "Silicone rubber staining of terracotta surfaces", Studies in Conservation 39:250–56, 1994.