Rubbers are widely used in the seals industry for rotary shaft seals, static sealing elements such as O-rings and energizers, as well as dynamic seals in the fluid power industry. Depending on the chemical composition, rubbers can cover a wide temperature range up to 200 °C (390 °F) and more and withstand a wide variety of hydraulic fluids. NBR elastomers in a hardness range from 70 to 90 Shore A (shA) are the most commonly used rubbers in the fluid power industry. For higher temperatures and more aggressive hydraulic fluids, SKF recommends HNBR or FKM elastomers.
Table 1 lists common rubbers.
At temperatures above 300 °C (570 °F) all fluoro elastomers and PTFE compounds give off dangerous fumes. If there is contact with your skin or if the vapours are inhaled, seek medical advice immediately.