Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer Rubber (EPDM)
Ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber, EPDM, is a type of synthetic rubber that is used in a wide variety of applications. In fact, due to its flexibility, versatility, and durability, EPDM rubber is one of the most popular choices for custom rubber manufacturing productions.
REDCO is ready to tackle the demands of any EPDM rubber component production. With over 70 years of custom rubber manufacturing experience, our team can help you select the right material, complete all processes in-house at our USA facility, and provide fast turnarounds on quotes, prototypes, and more.
EPDM Rubber Properties
Synthetic EPDM rubber is made of ethylene, propylene, and diene monomers. Featuring a molecular structure with a single bond and a chemically saturated backbone, it is extremely resistant to outdoor conditions. Unlike many other rubber materials, EPDM rubber does not bloom, allowing it to maintain colors despite elemental exposure.
The Characteristics of Synthetic EPDM Rubber
Ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber is a popular choice for many applications due to its high levels of flexibility and durability. Characteristics include:
- Specific Gravity: .85
- Tensile Strength, PSI—Pure Gum: 300
- Tensile Strength, PSI—Reinforced: 2500
- Practical Shore A Hardness Range: 40-90
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer Advantages
The main physical advantage of using EPDM in your production is its outstanding resistance to a variety of factors, substances, and chemicals. It is suitable for many manufacturing methods, including compression molding, transfer molding, and other services. Benefits include:
- Excellent resistance to atmosphere aging, oxidation, heat, oxygenated solvent, and moisture
- Excellent low temperature flexibility
- Good to excellent room temperature and heat resilience
- Good to excellent permeability
- Good to excellent resistance to diluted and concentrated acids
- Good resistance to abrasion and animal or vegetable oils
- Fair to good resistance to tears
- Fair to good compression set
Limitations of Synthetic EPDM Rubber
EPDM rubber does have a few limitations despite its high-performance capabilities. It is generally attacked by mineral oils, solvents, and aromatic hydrocarbons. Ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber also has poor dielectric properties. It is unsuitable for petro-chemical applications, food and beverage productions, or uses involving an open flame. Exposure to these things can cause EPDM rubber to deteriorate, leading to compromised performances or assembly failure.
The REDCO team is here to help identify your best rubber solution if EPDM rubber is not suited to your requirements. Download our Properties of Rubber chart to learn more about your options, and call 800-733-2648 to speak with a representative directly.
Synthetic EPDM Rubber Applications
Synthetic EPDM rubber is an ideal solution for an extensive range of commercial and industrial productions, particularly for parts used outdoors or in other exposed or harsh conditions. It is used extensively in applications such as:
- Vehicle seals
- Moisture seals
- And much more!
REDCO is the USA’s Leading Manufacturer of Custom EPDM Rubber Products
When you need custom EPDM rubber products manufactured to your exact specifications, you need REDCO. We perform all testing and development on-site, including the use of a developmental laboratory staffed with a full-time chemist, ensuring you receive only the best custom rubber products on every order. All productions are completed on time to keep your workflows running smoothly, and we keep communications open from initial quotes through final delivery.