All About Nitrile Rubber

At Elbex, we use a wide variety of rubber polymers to meet the needs of various customer applications. Nitrile rubber is a popular synthetic rubber polymer with several distinctive properties. Here is a closer look at what this material has to offer.

Nitrile Rubber Attributes

Nitrile’s most distinctive attribute is its resistance to oils. Its ability to withstand exposure to gasoline, vegetable oils, hydraulic fluid, and other similar materials makes it especially useful in the automotive industry. Nitrile is also extremely resistant to punctures, cuts, and tears. It can also function in a wide range of temperatures — from negative 40 to 226 degrees Fahrenheit. However, nitrile is vulnerable to flames, ozone, and ultraviolet light, making it a poor choice for outdoor applications.

When to Use Nitrile Rubber

Nitrile rubber’s oil resistance means it is commonly used for gaskets, O-rings, engine hoses, and other automotive components that frequently come in contact with vehicle fluids. It is also used in self-sealing fuel tanks in the aerospace industry. Because nitrile is hypoallergenic and tear-resistant, it is used for protective gloves in medical, lab, and even nuclear applications.

If you are interested in using nitrile rubber for your next extrusion project, contact Elbex today. Our team can help you determine if nitrile or another material will be the best fit for your needs based on the unique specifications of your project.