Sealing lip materials
In addition to its design, the material of a sealing lip can have a significant impact on sealing performance and reliability. SKF, therefore, manufactures seals using a variety of sealing lip materials to meet the needs of different applications.
The sealing lips of SKF seals are generally made of elastomer materials. However, thermoplastics like polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) are gaining in importance. PTFE is mainly used for special seals intended for particular applications where improved thermal or chemical resistance is demanded.
A code is used to identify the sealing lip material of SKF seals (table). The code also appears in the designations of metric radial shaft seals. For seals manufactured from a combination of materials, a combination of code letters is used, like RD (nitrile rubber and SKF Duralip).