The wide range of gaskets available on the market

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Tech

Gaskets are small parts used in various industries and devices, in order to create a seal at the intersection point between two different pieces of equipment. These mechanical components have the purpose of filling in certain gaps, so that in systems where liquids or gasses are transmitted through pipes, hoses or tubes, any loss and leak has to be eliminated. The connection points are often exposed to high pressure, so the use of appropriate gaskets is most of the times mandatory. Taking into consideration that a lot of industries use such systems, there is a great need for connection management solutions, in order to ensure a safe environment. When it comes to Ottawa aerospace industry, gaskets play an important role. The constantly renewed designs and manufacturing techniques have improved considerably the efficiency and safety of many machines and aircrafts.

Who does the gasket work?

The gasket is made of a mechanical seal that reduces and even eliminates the space between two (and sometimes more) connecting parts. They are normally installed in order to prevent any type of leakage and are made of different materials, depending on their purpose: neoprene, rubber, metal, silicone, Teflon and many others. Generally, the gasket is cut out from a flat material sheet, and this process allows the manufacturer to modify the part’s design. Creating a flawless piece is extremely important, given the fact that gaskets play a crucial role in the systems where they are used, especially of the pipes or tubes transport toxic liquids or other chemicals. Any substance loss may lead to a huge hazard or to considerable damage both for people and the environment.

 

Why are there many types of gaskets?

Fortunately, the specialized market has come up with a great selection of gaskets, because these can be used literally in any system that requires additional isolation. The mechanical components vary in terms of design, materials, shapes and sizes, since they need to be suitable to any sealing application. The o-ring is maybe the simplest and most popular type of gasket: it is made of synthetic or natural rubber, it has an O shape (hence the name) and can fit almost any connection point. There are also more complex gaskets, which are most of the times custom made and more textured, to fir joints of various shapes. The material should always be chosen depending on the pipes where the parts have to be applied, their configuration as well as their design.