Silicone Materials FAQ

1. HTV Silicone: High temperature vulcanized or HCR Silicone: Heat Cured Rubber

2. LSR Silicone: Liquid Silicone Rubber

3. RTV-1 Silicone: one-component Room Temperature Vulcanization silicone rubber

4. RTV-2 Silicone: two-component Room Temperature Vulcanization silicone rubber

One of the most advantageous uses of silicone materials lies in their application in adhesives, coatings, and sealants. Due to silicone’s remarkable flexibility, exceptional wear and environmental resistance, and thermal stability, it finds its way into numerous everyday products and structures.

In terms of environmental impact, silicone stands out as highly durable and more ocean-friendly compared to plastic. But what comprises silicone? It is primarily derived from silica, a natural component found in sand. Not only is silicone more long-lasting than plastic within the environment, but it also demonstrates remarkable durability when used in various products.

On one hand, the siloxane bonds forming its backbone attribute silicone with low thermal conductivity, yielding an exceptionally heat-resistant and thermally stable material. On the other hand, despite its stability and flexibility, silicone’s chain structure is relatively weak, making it prone to tearing.

The production of silicone relies on hydrocarbons sourced from petroleum, a non-sustainable resource. Silicone is challenging to recycle, and many recycling facilities do not accept it. That being said, silicone serves as a viable alternative to plastic, though it may not be the most optimal choice from an environmental standpoint.

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