FKM material is very hard-wearing yet flexible, with resistance to degradation over a wide range of temperatures and when exposed to a number of chemicals. These qualities make it popular with several industries. They have a number of uses and the material is made into a number of items such as O-rings, sheeting and even gloves.
We have put together a list of the top five uses of FKM:
FKM is extremely resilient and can operate at extremely high and low temperatures without degrading. FKM can stay intact at temperatures ranging from -10°C up to +200°C, as well as resisting high pressures. Due to these hardy qualities, FKM is used in engines and compressors where high temperatures and pressures are commonplace. Therefore, manufacturers make FKM O-rings in a number of sizes to suit a variety of industrial applications.
In addition to high pressures and a range of temperatures, FKM can also withstand aggressive fuels and chemicals that would degrade and destroy other rubbers if they came into contact with them. Gaskets are often used between two surfaces to prevent leaks, so making them out of FKM would guarantee a long lasting seal that can withstand the corrosive fuels and chemicals that pass through it.
Laboratory workers often come into contact with strong organic solvents. These solvents have highly corrosive properties and therefore the workers need protection when handling them. As a result of this, FKM gloves are used because of the material’s high resistance to these aggressive solvents.
Tubing and hose linings used in the transportation of unstable Bio-diesel fuel, are made of FKM to prevent leakage.
FKM sheeting is also employed where explosive gases are contained or transported. The resilient nature of the material is considered ideal for this task.