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Supershield® Conductive Elastomer Sheet, Extrusion and O-Rings

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Supershield® Conductive Elastomer Sheet, Extrusion and O-Rings

High performance electrically conductive elastomers in EPDM, silicone and fluorosilicone. These gasket materials provide EMI shielding and environmental sealing.

Product Description

Supershield Conductive Elastomer Sheet, Extrusion and O-Rings

Supershield Conductive Elastomer Sheet, Extrusion and O-Rings

Supershield® Conductive Elastomers are a group of high performance EMI gasket materials that provide an optimal combination of superior shielding effectiveness combined with excellent environmental sealing. Conductive elastomers are produced by dispersing conductive metal particles in an elastomer carrier (normally silicone or fluorosilicone) forming a homogenous gasket material with high conductivity.

There are a range of conductive fillers and elastomer combinations that are suitable for virtually any application that may be encountered.

Material CodeMaterial
SA001Silicone Silver Aluminium
FSA001Fluorosilicone Silver Aluminium
FSA003Passivated Fluorosilicone Silver Alumiium
NC001Silicone Nickel Graphite
FNC001Fluorosilicone Nickel Graphite
NC002Flame Retardant Silicone Nickel Graphite
SC001Silicone Silver Copper
FSC001Fluorosilicone Silver Copper
SN001Silicone Silver Nickel
S001Silicone Silver
N001Silicone Nickel
FN001Flurorosilicone Nickel
NA001Silicone Nickel Aluminium

ECE Comparison Table

MaterialCEM-SA001CEM-FSA001CEM-FSA003CEM-NC001CEM-FNC001CEM-NC002
ElastomerSiliconeFluoro-siliconeFluoro-siliconeSiliconeFluoro-siliconeUL94 V0 Silicone
Filler TypeAg/AlAg/AlPass Ag/AlNi/CNi/CNi/C
ColourLight TanGreenBlueDark GreyDark GreyDark Grey
Density2.0 gcm−32.0 gcm−32.0 gcm−32.0 gcm−32.0 gcm−32.0 gcm−3
Hardness Range30-80 Shore A70 Shore A70 Shore A30-80 Shore A60 Shore A60 Shore A
Volume Resistivity<0.01Ωcm<0.01Ωcm<0.01Ωcm<0.5Ωcm<0.05Ωcm<0.05Ωcm
Attenuation
10MHz to 10 GHz
(MIL-STD-285)
100-120dB100-120dB100-120dB100-120dB100-120dB100-120dB
Recommended
Compression
10 - 25%10 - 25%10 - 25%10 - 25%10 - 25%10 - 25%
Elongation350%310%310%450%270%300%
Compression Set<20%<20%<20%<20%<20%<20%
Temperature Range-55℃ to 160℃-55℃ to 160℃-55℃ to 160℃-55℃ to 160℃-55℃ to 160℃-55℃ to 160℃

ECE Comparison Table cont....

MaterialCEM-SC001CEM-FSC001CEM-SN001CEM-S001CEM-N001CEM-FN001
ElastomerSiliconeFluoro-siliconeSiliconeSiliconeSiliconeFluoro-silicone
Filler TypeAg/CuAg/CuAg/NiAgNiNi
ColourTanGreenTanTanDark GreyGreen
Density4.5 gcm−34.5 gcm−34.5 gcm−32.0 gcm−34.5 gcm−34.9 gcm−3
Hardness Range60 Shore A70 Shore A60 Shore A50-60 Shore A60 Shore A70 Shore A
Volume Resistivity<0.01Ωcm<0.01Ωcm<0.01Ωcm<0.01Ωcm<0.01Ωcm<0.01Ωcm
Attenuation
10MHz to 10 GHz
(MIL-STD-285)
100-120dB100-120dB100-120dB100-120dB100-120dB100-120dB
Recommended
Compression
10 - 25%10 - 25%10 - 25%10 - 25%10 - 25%10 - 25%
Elongation480%220%300%400%470%340%
Compression Set<20%<20%<20%<20%<20%<20%
Temperature Range-55℃ to 125℃-55℃ to 125℃-55℃ to 160℃-55℃ to 160℃-55℃ to 160℃-55℃ to 160℃

Conductive elastomers are extremely versatile and are available in the following forms

Moulded Sheets

All of our Supershield conductive elastomers materials are available in sheet form, from 0.3mm thick and generally to any size you require up to 380mm x 500mm. They are also available with a reinforced interlayer from 0.8mm thick.

Extrusion

An extremely wide range of cross-sections are available including ‘O’ sections, ‘D’ sections, ‘U’ channels, square/rectangular strip as well as custom sections to suit specific applications. Some profiles, such as ‘O’ and ‘D’ sections can be produced as hollow sections where lower compression forces are required or a greater tolerance range must be accommodated

Gasket sections can be supplied in continuous lengths, cut lengths or joined to form gaskets. Gaskets produced in this way are joined by ‘vulcanising’, that is to say that a small piece of the original material is used to form the joint using heat and pressure producing a very high quality gasket. Extruded conductive elastomer profiles can be joined to form rings e.g. ‘o’ rings, picture frames (mitred joints) or more complex shapes.

In general terms this is the most efficient means of producing gasket sections or gaskets using conductive elastomers

Solid round sections are available from 0.8mm upwards in increments from 0.1mm

Hollow round sections are available with a 1.2mm (outside diameter) upwards in increments of 0.1mm.

Please let us know if you have a special requirement.

Moulded and Vulcanized O-Rings

O-rings manufactured by either extruding and jointing or compression moulding. Shielding solutions can manufacture electrically conductive o-rings with an internal diameter as little as 10mm or possibly smaller.

The o-rings are either jointed using vulcanising compound maintaining electrical connectivity, or they can be manufactured using compression moulding.

The o-rings are available in all materials, fluorosilicone and silicone, and in all cross sections of extrusion. We can also manufacture bespoke moulded seals according to your requirements.

Moulded pre-form then die-cut

This is the preferred method for producing ‘flat’ gaskets such as waveguide and connector gaskets.  The material is moulded as a sheet or ‘frame’ and then as a secondary operation the gaskets are punched out. This technique allows economical production of parts, saving material in the case of larger gaskets and enabling many smaller parts to be punched from a single moulding

Custom mouldings

Conductive elastomers may be moulded directly to form specific parts such as cable glands, complex gaskets, insert mouldings etc.

All of the above fabrication methods are suitable for both low and high volumes

Uncured Compound

Our range of conductive elastomers are available in uncured catalyzed compound. It can be supplied by the kg or lb and rolled into logs, tubs, or sheets as requested.

 

General properties

Very high shielding possible with appropriate flange/enclosure materials and finishes – typically attenuation figures comfortably in excess of 100dB can be achieved up to 10GHz

  • Hardness range 30 – 80 Shore A
  • Good ‘H’ field (magnetic) shielding performance
  • Environmental sealing up to IP68 possible
  • Very long service life even in hostile conditions – 20 years not uncommon
  • Remain serviceable even at temperature extremes – typically -55°C to +150°C – lower and higher temperatures are possible
  • Low out-gassing
  • Variants based on fluorosilicone elastomer have excellent resistance to long-term contact with oils, fuels and other organic liquids or contaminants
  • Versions available that can survive repeated exposure to high induced currents – EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) applications

 

Applications

Conductive elastomers find uses in many different applications and generally where a combination of very high shielding and environmental protection are required from a single gasket. They were originally mainly used for military applications but more efficient production methods along with increasing more demanding uses in commercial equipment have seen their use become more widespread. Typical uses include

  • Military radio and communications equipment
  • Aerospace – flight system control units
  • Base stations
  • Waveguide and connector gaskets

We recommend Electromagnetic Testing Services Ltd to test EMI shielding products in your application.

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