What is silicone?
Silicone is a synthetic polymer composed of silicon, oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and sometimes other elements. They are usually liquid or rubber-like heat-resistant materials and are used for sealants, adhesives, lubricants, medicines, cooking utensils, and heat and electrical insulation. Some common forms include silicone oil, silicone grease, silicone rubber, silicone resin, and silicone filler.
What are the advantages of silicone?
Silicone is a bio-friendly and sustainable material which is widely recognized in a large number of applications in many industries, such as medical and healthcare, electronics, automotive, aerospace, industrial assembly, construction, textiles, and consumer. It is resistant to many environmental factors such as heat, temperature, electricity, chemicals, UV/ozone radiation and X-rays.
Are silicones toxic?
There is sufficient scientific evidence to show that silicone is a harmless and safe polymer with no obvious toxic effects in almost all environments. Many silicone products are food-grade and do not contain petroleum-based chemicals, BPA, BPS or fillers.
What temperatures can silicone withstand?
Conventional silicone rubber can withstand temperatures from -40°C to +220°C. However, this range can be even greater by adding other materials.
Is silicone rubber electrically and thermally conductive?
By mixing the selected filler with ordinary silicone rubber, it can be made electrically and thermally conductive.
Is silicone rubber flame retardant?
Silicone rubber itself is not flame-retardant; however, it can be achieved by mixing other materials with silicone rubber.