Neoprene elastic-what it is and what it is used for-it’s properties, uses and functions

Neoprene elastic, which are also known as polychloroprene is a family of synthetic rubbers that are produced through the polymerization of chloroprene. Neoprene exhibits good chemical stability. It also tends to maintain flexibility over a wide temperature range. Neoprene is usually sold either as solid rubber or in latex form. It is used in a wide variety of applications, such as laptop sleeves, orthopaedic braces (wrist, knee, etc.), electrical insulation, liquid and sheet applied elastomeric membranes or flashings, automotive fan belts etc. It is one of the most useful latex free elastic.

Neoprene  elastics resist degradation quite well. It is more resistant than natural or synthetic rubber. This relative inertness makes it suitable  for demanding applications such as gaskets, hoses,  corrosion-resistant coatings etc.  It can be used as a base for adhesives, noise isolation in power transformer installations, and also as padding in external metal cases to protect the contents while also allowing a snug fit. It resists burning better than exclusively hydrocarbon based rubbers which results in its appearance in weather stripping for fire doors as well as in combat related attire such as gloves and face masks. Its tolerance of extreme condition allows it to be used to line landfills. This latex free synthetic elastic has a boiling point of260 °C (500 °F).

It is a very pliable rubber-like material with insulating properties like rubber or other solid plastics in its native state.

In addition to that, it is fire-resistant. Because of that, it is commonly used in power transformers as well as other electrical applications. Since neoprene is a soft rubber by nature, it is also an effective source of padding and also reinforcement for certain fragile applications.

Neoprene is also widely used in the construction industry. Neoprene can be compounded for specific properties including low temperature and compression set resistance which makes it a great material for construction applications. It has an excellent excellent weathering performance and ozone resistance, as well as its high tensile strength and low compression set which makes it a very attractive synthetic rubber for these outdoor applications.

Neoprene seals are used in construction as the following:

Neoprene window seals

Custom window gaskets

Highway and bridge seals

Bridge bearing pads

Neoprene washers

Bridge stay-cable anchor components

Deviator pads

Neoprene O Ring

Elevator astragals

Those are just a few of the numerous applications of neoprene, which is a very versatile material with numerous advantages over regular rubber.

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