Viton™ Fluoroelastomers: 60 Years of Innovation

Viton™ high-performance fluoroelastomers withstand the harshest environments to deliver superior performance and enable lower emissions.

As global emissions regulations become more rigorous, and demand for higher-performing fluoroelastomers increases, automotive manufacturers can rely on applications made with Viton™ to solve difficult industry challenges.

 

The regulations on vehicles are more stringent than ever before.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the Corporate Average Fuel Economy of automotive fleets will increase from 31mpg ( or ~7.6L/100 km) in 2016 to 46.3mpg (or ~5.1L/100km) by 2025.* This forecast, coupled with the recent enforcement of rigorous global emissions regulations, has given rise to automotive innovations. Manufacturers have been downsizing, turbocharging, lightweighting, and reducing evaporative emissions in an effort to meet the new regulatory demands.

With global vehicle production projected to increase by 25% by 2021, global demand for fluoroelastomers is expected to follow. To meet the regulatory pressures in the market, automotive manufacturers will rely on fluoroelastomers to enable everything from new powertrain technologies to alternative fuels.

Early advances towards these goals have resulted in powertrains that perform at higher temperatures under harsher chemical conditions, which are challenging the performance of the current materials. However, Viton™ fluoroelastomers offer versatile solutions that can be used across a wide range of applications under these new conditions.

Fuel economy, and GHG emissions are global trends in the automotive manufacturing industry that lead to growing demands for high-performing fluoroelastomers.

 

We’re creating innovative solutions for a future-minded industry.

When Viton™ was developed in 1957, it was meant to meet the needs of the aerospace industry for a high performing seal elastomer. Since then, the high-performance fluoroelastomer has been expanded to many other industries—especially in the automotive, fluid power, appliance, and chemical fields. With over half a century of proven performance, Viton™ fluoroelastomers have developed a reputation for outstanding performance in high temperatures and extremely corrosive environments.

The timeline in this factoid indicates how Viton™ has been leading innovation in fluoroelastomer technology.

The superior heat and fluid resistance of Viton™ makes it ideal for withstanding relentless use in harsh environments. It is the fluoroelastomer of choice for our customers in the automotive industry in applications under these conditions.

Applications made with Viton™ fluoroelastomers are:

  1. Air Management: air-intake manifold gaskets, turbocharger hoses, vent hoses

  2. Fuel Systems: fuel hoses and seals, fuel injector o-rings

  3. Oil & Grease: Axle seals, shaft seals

Viton™ fluoroelastomers have offered outstanding resistance to heat, swell, permeation, and degradation when in contact with harsh automotive fuels, fuel additives, oils, lubricants, and most mineral acids. They also provide exceptional tensile strength, tear, and compression set resistance. These characteristics, provided across a wide operating temperature range, are the reasons why Viton™ is specified by automotive engineers.

An image of Neil McHale, who is a customer of Chemours.

Neil McHale

Eagle Elastomer Inc.

Many of our customers have a lot of value for the Viton™ brand, with its reputation for quality polymers and excellent technical support. Customers ask for it by name.

Viton™ fluoroelastomers continue to deliver Higher Value Chemistry for our customers.

For 60 years, applications made with Viton™ fluoroelastomers have been used in the automotive manufacturing industry because they function in environments that would adversely affect those made from many other plastic and rubber materials. What’s more, our customers benefit from our technical support.

We are focused on collaborating with customers to find solutions that allow them to achieve possibilities beyond the norm. As we look towards the future of the automotive manufacturing industry, simplicity and flexibility will continue to be our guiding principles for helping customers address industry changes.

Indeed, as the global middle class grows, so too will the consumption of domestic goods, including automobiles. In turn, as manufacturers face increasing pressure to produce high-quality, low-emissions vehicles, Viton™ fluoroelastomers will continue to offer the strategic solutions needed to meet the shifting demands of the future.

 

 

*Corporate Average Fuel Economy by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accessed on 1/17/17. https://www.nhtsa.gov/laws-regulations/corporate-average-fuel-economy

 

 

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