Common Names: Neoprene
Chemical Name: Chloropene
ASTM D1418 Designation: CR
ISO/DIN 1629 Designation: CR
ASTM D2000/SAE J200 Type, Class: BC, BE
Description: One of the earliest of the synthetic materials to be developed as an oil-resistant substitute for Natural Rubber, Neoprene is a homopolymer of chloroprene (chlorobutadiene).
Key Use(s): Numerous component uses in the transportation field. Recommended for exposure to weathering. Preferred sealing material for refrigeration industry. FDA approved for food & beverage industry use.
Standard Compound: -40°C (-40°F) to 121°C (250°F)
Hardness (Shore A): 40 to 90
Features: Neoprene can be used in innumerable sealing applications due to its broad base of such desirable working properties as: good resistance to petroleum oils; good resistance to ozone, sunlight and oxygen aging; relatively low compression set; good resilience; outstanding physical toughness; and reasonable production cost.
Due to its excellent resistance to Freon® and ammonia, Neoprene is also widely accepted as a preferred material for refrigeration seals.
Limitations: Neoprene is generally attacked by strong oxidizing acids, esters, ketones, chlorinated, aromatic and nitro hydrocarbons. Because Nitrile is economically competitive with Neoprene, and generally has superior performance characteristics in most situations, it has largely replaced Neoprene in the O-rings of today.