Each type of rubber polymer has its own unique properties. Selecting the right rubber polymer material for your end-use application is critical in determining the custom rubber compound that will offer the best product performance.
For example, an EPDM rubber compound that resists ozone and weathering is excellent for outdoor applications, but is not suitable for applications that require oil and fuel resistance. Nitrile compounds, on the other hand, have very good oil and fuel resistance, but must be specially compounded in order to resist ozone, sunlight and natural aging.
Due to differences in polymer characteristics, the desired physical, mechanical and chemical resistance properties for the final application must be assessed during the elastomeric compound design process.
The chart below includes several characteristics to consider when determining the best material for the end-use application.
LMI Custom Mixing creates custom compound solutions based on your specifications and end-use application by first evaluating the product function and in-service conditions, then matching those with a material that will provide the best performance.
Learn more about elastomeric materials design in our Custom Rubber Mixing eBook.