Materials

The O-rings listed in this section are made of nitrile rubber (NBR) with 70 shA hardness as standard. This is the most common O-ring material and hardness used in hydraulic cylinder applications. On request, SKF can supply alternative hardnesses such as 80 shA or 90 shA. However, SKF generally recommends choosing O-rings with 70 shA and combining them with one or two back-up rings (→ Extrusion gaps and back-up rings). At operating temperatures above 100 °C (210 °F), fluorocarbon rubber (FKM) or hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR) can be an appropriate materials, depending on the fluid.
SKF back-up rings listed in this section are made of polyurethane (TPU). On request, SKF can supply alternative materials and various hardness grades. Common back-up ring materials are listed in the designation system (table 1).
For additional information about O-ring and back-up ring materials, refer to Materials.
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