The Many Uses of EPDM Tubing
My brother-in-law is self-employed handy man who is often times commission to design and install pool and hot tub areas, in addition to backyard playground equipment, etc., of which usually involves deciding the best sort of materials to use in each particular instance. More time than not, my brother-in-law uses EPDM rubber, which in addition to being durable is also resistant to weather and wear, in addition to not polluting any run-off rainwater.
Ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber is quite the mouthful, which is why it is more commonly referred to by its short and sweet nickname, EPDM rubber. EPDM rubber is a synthetic rubber and its unique molecular make-up makes it useful to numerous contexts and applications; radiators, rubber mechanics, washers and belts, insulation for electrical components all use EPDM rubber. The molecular makeup of EPDM involves a highly versatile polymer design that continues to be altered and improved— as it continues to be developed, the number of benefits EPDM rubber will have on growing number of application will also increase.
Another example of its common use is tubing. EPDM tubing is, like most rubber tubing, used to transport liquids and gases and is becoming one of the most preferred synthetic rubbers for manufacturing tubes. It is especially valued by the automotive industry, as EPDM tubing’s particularly handy characteristics lend themselves well to many of the parts and applications used in an automobile; the heater and coolant hose, the emission system and the vacuum-operated accessories, to mention a few. Although EPDM tubing does not work well with most concentrated acids, oils, hydrocarbons, halogenated solvents, kerosene and gasoline, it does offer a variety of desirable characteristics, such as its resistance to electricity and compatibility to fireproof hydraulic fluids, alcohols, alkalis, extreme water temperatures, ketones and various other acids. Furthermore, EPDM tubing is weather resistant and can, if needed, be manufactured to exhibit significant tensile strength, wear-and-tear resistance, flame retardance and consistent levels of flexibility in low temperatures.