Nitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) was developed by the chemical company ‘I.G. Farbenindusty’ from Germany between WWI and WWII. At first, the material was called Buna-N® and was later renamed to Perbunan®. The material first came to market in the 30s and is nowadays the most used elastomer for standard seals like Orings and other seals.
What is an O-ring NBR?
An O ring from NBR is an elastomer, which is a synthetic polymer obtained by the copolymerization of acrylonitrile and 1,3-butadiene. The characteristics are partly determined by the amount of acrylonitrile in the material and this varies from 18% to 50%. As the acrylonitrile increases, resistance to petroleum base oils and hydrocarbon fuels increases, but low-temperature flexibility decreases and the rubber can become brittle.
What is NBR used for?
The advantages of NBR O-rings:
The disadvantages of Orings NBR:
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