With in-house silicone mixing capabilities, Cooper Standard offers highly customized solutions to meet your project’s unique requirements.
Silicone Properties & Applications
Silicone features excellent resistance to ozone, sunlight and oxidation and is color stable. It maintains flexibility at low temperatures, has outstanding resistance to high heat, low compression set and is a good electrical insulator. Silicone is not recommended for applications that require abrasion, tear and cut growth resistance, or high tensile strength. It is also not recommended for resistance to oil, gasoline, solvents, alkalis and acids.
Silicone seals and gaskets typically have a high temperature limit of 400° F to 450° F and a low temperature limit of -65° F to -100° F. This makes silicone the preferred material for applications with demanding temperature requirements. However, if the component will not be subjected to extreme hot or cold, EPDM may offer a more cost-effective alternative to silicone.
To meet color requirements, silicone can achieve vibrant and consistent tones better than comparable rubber compounds. This is because the silicone base material is semi-clear and does not require certain additives, such as carbon black, that inhibit colorization.
Whether you're starting a new project or looking for ways to improve production of an existing part, our engineers can help you evaluate solutions.
Our Silicone Capabilities
- Extruded and Molded Solutions
- Sponge and Dense Materials
- Custom Material Mixing/Raw Materials
- Custom Engineered Products