Silicone Rubbers: A Market Yet To Be Explored

These thermoset elastomers are highly biocompatible, odorless and do not have a particular flavor, allowing for their food-grade certification.A high-resolution flow meter is the core component of the liquid silicone rubber injection dye and additive dosing system for medical applications.

Silicone rubbers are thermoset elastomers whose main chain is composed of silicon and oxygen atoms, to which methyl or vinyl side groups are attached. Within the family of thermoset elastomers, these rubbers are the most abundant and varied materials.

They are mainly characterized by the stability of their mechanical properties in a wide range of temperatures. On the other hand, these materials are distinguished by their hydrophobic character, a consequence of the presence of methyl groups in their chemical structure.

Silicone rubbers are used in the manufacture of high dimensional precision products such as seals, membranes and electronic connectors; in toys and baby products that require a smooth surface finish; in numerous medical applications; as well as in kitchen utensils (baking molds or spatulas).

Silicone rubber(ยาง ซิ ลิ โคน, which is the term in Thai) exhibit a set of properties that make them stand out from other elastomers. For example, they are highly bio-compatible and have shown greater compatibility with human tissues and body fluids than other types of elastomers. Furthermore, they are resistant to microbial growth and are not corrosion promoting agents.

On the other hand, they are odorless and do not have a particular flavor, which allows for their food-grade certification. Additionally, they can be sterilized through a wide variety of methods, such as the application of steam in an autoclave, treatment with ethylene oxide or radiation with gamma rays.

In terms of durability, these materials are characterized by their resistance to high temperatures, which is why they can be used in auto parts within the engine compartment. They are also notable for their flame retardant properties. Closely related to their chemical structure, they exhibit chemical stability against water, oxygen and various acidic and alkaline solutions.


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