- What is silicone rubber?
What is silicone rubber?
Silicone rubbers or silicone elastomers are a combination of linear silicone polymers, reinforced by different agents, a crosslinker and a catalyst. Silicone rubber offers varying degrees of viscosity and structural features based on how the basic straight-chain silicone polymer molecule has been combined with the processing temperature: Heat Cured Rubber (HCR), Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR), and Room Temperature Vulcanization (single component RTV-1 and double component RTV-2).
Depending on their formulation and the curing technology used, silicone rubbers can meet a wide variety of precise processing requirements. Silicones can be reinforced, usually with mineral fillers or silicone resins, it offers different properties for diverse applications, such as temperature resistance, electrical insulation, conduction, heat transfer, fire retardancy, chemical adhesion, etc. Many additives can also be added to ensure specific characteristics for end users, including color, thermal stability, or resistance to aggressive outside elements, ensuring high performances for different applications in the most demanding environments.
The different manufacturing processes
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