Silicone Elastomers for the Oil and Gas Industry
By Carl McAfee and Mike Dulisse
McAfee Consulting L.L.C. and Jamak Fabrication
Silicone elastomers have been known to have a broad temperature range and reasonable chemical resistance.
Their strength properties have been considerably less when compared to other elastomer types in general use in oil and gas applications like hydrogenated nitriles and fluoroelastomers. A design of experiment methodology was used to formulate a fiber-reinforced silicone elastomer with significantly enhanced strength properties.
The new compound was compared to typical hydrogenated nitrile and fluoroelastomer compounds in use today in the oil and gas industry.