Rubber washers are rings made of rubber that are normally used in mechanical devices and appliances. These washers are made with the outer diameter being twice the size of the inside diameter. Some uses of rubber washers are:
- Used in computer parts such as hard drives and fans to prevent vibration from spreading to other parts thus reducing noise.
- They are also used to block leakage in pipes and seal parts that come in contact with water.
- They are also used to prevent the flow of gas or liquid in pipes.
- Other places where these washers are used are in food and chemical industries.
The manufacturing process of the rubber washer is very simple. The following is used to make rubber washers:
- Silicone rubber
- Nitrile rubber
- Styrene butadiene rubber
They can also be used as a spring or spacer or pre load and for supporting the weight of a fastener. Rubber washers are made of different types of plastic and metal. Most of them are made of rubber.
Industrial Applications of a Rubber Gasket
A rubber gasket is at times referred to as washers because they serve almost the same function and they look very similar to washers. Rubber gaskets are used in several industrial applications such as;
- electrical absorption
- noise reduction
- weather insulation
- fluid restriction.
They are made of silicone, neoprene, and nitrile and viton material. However, the two are made very differently and are designed for different purposes.
There are different applications for rubber washers some of them are thin rubber washers, flat rubber washers, D-shaped, C-shaped rubber washers and others. Flat rubber washers can be specified in nominal sizes or metric sizes. The dimensions and size are in terms of diameter; outside and inside. Thickness or height is what is important when specifying the type of rubber washer.
The Versatile Neoprene Rubber Washers
Neoprene rubber washers are a type of washers that are made of rubber with neoprene compound. The material is very resistant to chemicals and high temperatures. They are used in a wide range of industrial applications because of its versatility.
Rubber washers are manufactured in different thickness for their variety of applications. Their prices vary with the thickness of the rubber washer. Thick rubber washers are useful for plumbing, and they are used mainly in construction of bathrooms and toilets. These washers play important roles in construction and industrial activities thus one needs to know their various uses and types.