EPDM

(Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)

Originally developed in 1950s for tyre applications. Became more widely used because of its suitability for outdoor use.

Properties

  • the most water resistant type of rubber – also very resistant to most water based chemicals
  • very inert structure, remains stable over long periods of time
  • can withstand temperatures of up to 130°C for extended periods of time (months)
  • very good weathering resistance
  • easily compounded and processed

Limitations

  • will not resist oil or oil based products
  • compression set not as good as some other rubbers, but can be improved by careful compounding

Typical Applications

  • General engineering without exposure to oil

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