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Nitrile Rubber Applications

Due to its versatility, nitrile (NBR, Buna-N) is used in applications involving not only oil and fuel resistance, but those requiring resistance to heat, abrasion, water, and gas permeability.

Nitrile rubber's material properties make it an excellent solution for sealing applications.

It also has excellent resistance to petroleum products and can be compounded for service of temperatures up to 250°F (121°C). With these temperature resistances, the right nitrile rubber compounds can withstand all but the most severe automotive applications.

Other applications that benefit from nitrile rubbers properties which can be custom compounded and molded include:

  • Oil resistant applications
  • Low temperature applications
  • Automotive, marine and aircraft fuel systems
  • Nitrile roll covers
  • Hydraulic hoses
  • Nitrile tubing

Examples of applications and industries where nitrile (NBR, buna-N) is used include:

Automotive Industry

Nitrile, also known as buna-N, has oil resistant properties that make it the perfect under-hood material.

Buna-N is used for

  • Gaskets
  • Seals
  • O-rings
  • Carburetor and fuel pump diaphragms
  • Fuel systems
  • Hydraulic hoses
  • Tubing

Bowling Industry

Nitrile rubber (NBR, buna-N) is resistant to lane oil and is typically used for

  • Bowling pin setters
  • Roller bumpers
  • Anything that comes into direct contact with lane oil

Oil & Gas Industry

  • Seals
  • Tubing
  • Molded shapes
  • Rubber-to-metal bonded components
  • Rubber connectors

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