Common Application of Nitrile

What is Nitrile? 

Nitrile is a copolymer that is generally used for its oil resistance properties. It is also extremely resistant to gasoline, solvents, mineral and vegetable oils, hydraulic fluid, and fuels. Typically, nitrile is used in applications that require good resistance to oil, grease, and moderate ozone resistance. 

Nitrile is also a better option over other elastomers when it comes to compression set or cold flow, tear, and abrasion resistance. 

It is the most commonly used elastomer for sealing products due to its resistance to petroleum products and its wide temperate range. Due to these properties, nitrile is often used in industrial settings and in the automotive industry. Typical products utilizing nitrile are oil and gas handling hoses, O-rings, and seals. 

When to Not Use Nitrile

On the other hand, nitrile has poor resistance to ketones, chlorinated hydrocarbons, and nitro hydrocarbons. It has poor ozone resistance without special additives. Nitrile’s low temperature resistance is inferior to natural rubber. But it can be compounded to increase resistance in this area. 

Contact ELBEX today if you want to learn more about the ways nitrile can help your next project.