Silicones are used in many demanding manufacturing assembly processes and are fundamental to the protection of many of industrial and transportation components. The transportation industry strives to improve safety, reduce pollution and maximize energy efficiency.
Silicones have enabled successful implementation of compact systems such as engine compartments that minimize waste and maximize energy efficiency. Silicones help maintain the structural integrity of a vehicle, helping to ensure all components are secure and resist corrosion, temperature fluctuations, moisture, salt and oil. In aircraft assembly, since silicones can withstand astonishing stress and temperature extremes, silicone sealants/adhesives are used extensively to seal and protect everything from windows and wings, to landing gear and the black box.
Why do silicones excel in industrial and transportation sealing applications?
The adaptability to meet precise or varying engineering challenges makes silicones ideal for innovative industrial design; silicone sealants:
- are easy to use and repair
- have excellent electrical properties
- are electrically insulating and can be thermally conductive
- remain flexible over a wide operating temperature range
- resist ultra-violet rays, ozone, weathering and chemicals
- are non-corrosive and have low toxicity
- absorb mechanical shock and vibration
- are resistant to humidity, moisture, and are water repellent