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Chemical Compatibility

Matching seal materials to requirements

Chemical Compatibility

Key Benefits:

  • Materials available for a wide range of healthcare and medical applications
  • Offer optimum performance in the most demanding environments
  • Extend seal life
  • Lower overall cost of production
Importance of Chemical Compatibility

Elastomer and thermoplastic sealing devices are constantly in contact with system and process media, making them vulnerable to attack. Chemical attack can fracture polymer chains or the crosslinks between them, leading to potential seal failure.

No single material is suitable for all environments. Highly inert materials such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) and silicone rubber inherently stand up to aggressive conditions with little or no damage. Other sealing materials are specifically formulated and tested for compatibility with specific sealing environments; establishing the degree of attack, how much of each property is lost and where the application boundaries lie for each material.

Lowering Overall Costs

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions engineers work closely with customers to determine the full range of possible conditions for each application. Based on hard data as a result of testing and research, we can propose the optimum material selection that is compatible with any system or process media, ensuring maximum seal life to minimize downtime and lower total cost of production.

Material Search Tool

Specific for the healthcare and medical industry, we offer a material search tool to make the engineer’s life easier.

Material Search Tool

Local Contact

To speak to a local healthcare & medical specialist, call the number listed for your region:

+1 920 682 2448

+86 18602183211

+49 (0) 711 7864 536


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