Critical automotive parts must withstand extreme conditions.
High Performance Silicone Rubber for Automotive parts
High-quality rubber silicone for advanced automotive parts
The automotive industry, which currently produces up to 80 million vehicles per year, is constantly innovating and demanding new high-performance applications, both under the hood and elsewhere in the car. These new advanced automotive parts are often designed to reduce weight and fuel consumption, thereby leading to smaller and more compact engine compartments, The reduced space results in higher temperatures and more stress to vital parts because of higher air pressure, greater water flow, more powerful fuel injection and corrosive fluids.
Traditional materials often have trouble dealing with these high temperatures and aggressive conditions. Elkem Silicones high-quality HCR (High Consistency Rubber) silicones and LSR (Liquid Silicone Rubber), for their part, can withstand extreme temperatures of up to 300⁰C intermittently (300⁰C + with specific additives) because of their chemical structure, and are therefore ideal for a wide range of critical parts. Advanced silicones for automotive applications are designed to achieve the best balance between tear resistance and compression set at high temperatures. Furthermore, these advanced silicone products are easy to use in a wide range of processes, such as extrusion, calendering or injection molding, in line with customers’ industrial setups.
Advanced HCR silicones are ideal for use in a great variety of high-performance automotive parts:
Spark plug boots
Wire and cable
Rain and distance sensors
Head lamp and sun-roof gaskets
Elkem Silicone HCR formulations are perfectly adapted to these applications, because they offer the following features:
Ease of use – suitable for steam pressure, salt bath and hot air vulcanization, depending on the process deployed (calendering, extrusion, compressing molding, etc.) and therefore versatile enough to produce different parts based on new design features
Heat stability, capable of resisting temperatures from -60°C to +300°C (which can be increased up to 300 °C using specific additives)
Reliable insulation and mechanical performance (including long-term vibration resistance) that outperforms standard organic polymers, with high heat and fire resistance, low smoke emissions and non-corrosive and non-toxic combustion gasses.
Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) offers:
- Robust general purpose range
- Specialty grades including oil bleed for connectors and self bonding for overmolded applications in the cabin
- Heat stability, capable of resisting temperatures from -60°C to +300°C
- Ease of use- injection moldable, high efficiency, high productivity
- Sustainability… outperforms standard organic polymers (lasting the life of the vehicle)
- Damping characteristics to reduce vibration noise
Our technical service laboratories provide advice for defining and optimizing processes at all stages for automotive parts manufacturers. Teams of specialized technicians, who have the expertise to propose the right silicones materials for specific automotive applications, provide technical support for mass production.