In this blog post, we’ll look at FKM rubber and some of its most common uses. FKM, sometimes referred to as FPM, is the shortened term for Fluoroelastomer and is a highly resilient type of synthetic rubber. More expensive than nitrile or neoprene synthetic rubbers, this rubber is however versatile and hard wearing.
Properties of FKM Rubber
Widely used for dealing with aggressive fuels and chemicals, FKM rubber can withstand prolonged contact that would rapidly degrade other rubbers. It is these hard-wearing qualities that make FKM popular with the oil and gas industries. It is highly resistant to oils, heat and aggressive chemicals. FKM can operate at temperatures above 200 degrees and can withstand steam, acids and hydrocarbons too.
Here are some of the uses for fluoroelastomer FKM rubber.
FKM is often made into tubing and hose linings which are used for the storage and transportation of unstable fuels such as biofuel. It is chosen for this task because other materials would degrade rapidly after coming into contact with biofuel.
Sheeting made from FKM rubber is used in industrial applications where explosive gases are used extensively.
Gaskets and O-rings are made from FKM rubber to create hard-wearing seals. Due to FKM rubber’s resilient properties, the corrosive liquids and gases that pass through will not cause them to rapidly degrade.
FKM rubber is well suited to outdoor use thanks to its excellent resistance to ozone and oxygen. Tubing, hoses, seals and gaskets made from FKM rubber are therefore a popular choice for outdoor applications.
Many industrial gloves are made from FKM rubber and are specifically used when for the handling of strong, highly corrosive organic solvents.
For more information on the FKM Rubber products TYM currently sells, including sheeting, seals, tubing and gaskets, contact us today. Our knowledgable staff will be able to advise you on which product will be best suit your requirements.