High Pressure O-Ring Materials Backup Rings and High Pressure Seals

High pressure o-rings backup rings and seals require the right selection of material properties product configuration and groove design with the smallest clearance gap possible for optimal performance life. Marco Rubber offers a wide variety of high pressure o-ring materials for use with or without backup rings or consider metal spring energized PTFE seals for ultimate high pressure sealing performance.

Need help, contact an application engineer for assistance in selecting the best high pressure o-ring materials or product selection or groove design assistance from our expert team.

Marco P/N Datasheet Base Material Durometer
Hardness
High Temp F° Low Temp  F° Relative Cost Features
BUNA-N (NBR) 90 225 -40 relative cost Basic higher pressure applications
HNBR 90 350 -10 relative cost Explosive decompression resistant, tested to Norsok M-710
EPDM 90 550 -58 relative cost Explosive decompression resistant, tested to Nace TM0297 excellent steam and good chemical resistance for use in georthermal environments
95 550 -58 relative cost Explosive decompression resistant, excellent steam and good chemical resistance for use in georthermal environments, litharge cured
Aflas® 90 482 32 relative cost Explosive decompression resistant, tested to Nace TM0297 excellent with steam, base, solvent and wide range of chemicals
FKM Viton® 90 482 5 relative cost Explosive decompression resistant, tested to Nace TM0297 excellent with steam, base, solvent and wide range of chemicals
90 437 -15 relative cost Basic higher pressure applications
95 437 -15 relative cost Ultra hard FKM for greater extrusion resistance
90 400 -20 relative cost Explosive decompression resistant, tested to Nace TM0297 excellent with acids fuels and wide range of chemicals
90 437 -40 relative cost GLT Type FKM with wider temperature range for explosive decompression, Norsok and Nace tested.
90 437 -50 relative cost XLT Ultra Low Temperature Type FKM. Excellent high pressure and explosive decompression resistance. Norsok and Nace tested.
FFKM (Markez®) 80 610 5 relative cost Ultimate chemical, steam, acid, amines, solvents, compresion set resistance, wide range of chemical resistance, AED rapid decompression NACE TM0297-2002
90 465 -50 relative cost Lower temperature resistance, AED explosive decompression resistance, providing the best overall temp range and Chemical resistance. Compare to Kalrez® 0040
90 590 5 relative cost Higher temperature AED, resistance to Sour gas and associated chemicals and steam Compare to Kalrez® 7090, Kalrez® 3018 and Chemraz® 510


Learn about high pressure o-ring groove design and clearance gap considerations


O-ring Backup Ring Pressure Extrusion Graph

High Pressure O-ring Perfomance

Most o-rings are designed to operate at pressures up to 1,500 psi with an extrusion clearance gap of less than .04".  At higher pressures and larger clearance gaps, the o-ring material must have enough strength to resist extruding into the clearance gap.  The chart shows generally recommended pressure to clearance, gap of o-ring durometer with and without backup rings at typical room temperature. 

Chemical and High Temperature O-Ring Preformance

Higher temperatures, chemical exposure and other application factors will impact need for even smaller clearence gap, increased durometer hardness or other improved material properties and groove design considerations to use backup rings or consider metal spring energized PTFE seals for use in high pressure applications.

Pressure Cycling O-Ring Preformance

Cycling pressure can cause an o-ring to be repeatedly pushed against the clearance gap causing damage and sealing failures.  Abrasion and extrusion resistant materials should be considered as well as smaller clearence gaps, backup rings or metal spring energized PTFE seals for pressure cycling applications.

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