Every application requires material that is suited to that particular pressure, temperature, media, and other environmental factors.
A Gasket has one basic function : to create a positive seal between two relatively stationary parts. The Gasket must perform a number of different jobs well to function properly.
It must first, create an initial seal; second, maintain the seal over a desired length of time; third, be easily removed and replaced.
The degree of success achieved will depend on how well the Gasket does the following:
1. Seals system fluid.
2. Chemically resists the system fluid to prevent serious impairment of its physical properties.
3. Deforms enough to flow into the imperfections on the gasket seating surfaces to provide intimate contact between the gasket and seating surfaces.
4. Withstands system temperatures without serious impairments of its performance properties.
5. Is resilient and creep resistant enough to maintain an adequate portion of the applied load.
6. Has sufficient strength to resist crushing under the applied load, and maintain its integrity when being handled and installed.
7. Does not contaminate the system fluid.
8. Does not promote corrosion of the gasket seating surfaces.
9. Is easily and cleanly removable at the time of replacement.
During the gasket product selection process, we recommend that these nine factors be used as a checklist from the viewpoint of the userís degree of need for each factor.