Advantages and Limitations of Neoprene

Neoprene is becoming more common in daily life. Even though you may have heard about neoprene, you may not know exactly what it is or can do for you. 

What is Neoprene? 

Neoprene was first created in 1930 by DuPont as an oil and air resistant substitute for natural rubber. It is a synthetic rubber product that is known for its versatility. Neoprene can be used in temperatures that range from -50 degrees to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Primarily neoprene is used when a seal is exposed to weathering refrigerants, lubricants, and petroleum oils. It is seen in many different applications such as appliances, in mass transit applications, automotive gaskets and seals, and weather stripping. 

Advantages of Neoprene

Neoprene provides great resistance to exposure to the ozone, sunlight, oxidation, weather, oils, solvents, and several other materials. Certain neoprene compounds are even fire-resistant. Similar to rubber, neoprene is also tear resistant, is durable, and easily adheres to metals and fabrics. 

Limits of Neoprene

The greatest limit to neoprene is its cost. Several other materials can offer resistance to the same elements and hazards at a lesser price. Neoprene is not resistant to oxidizing acids and other chemicals. 

The ELBEX engineering team can assist you when deciding when neoprene is right for your applications. We have experience utilizing neoprene in our rubber extrusions and other products. Contact us today!