Synthetic vs Rubber Tank Applications

The invention of rubber lined tanks was a direct response to protecting valuable equipment components from corrosive elements that were contained within. A lining creates a membrane or barrier between the vessel and the chemical or element that could damage the interior over time, ultimately improving the life of the equipment. There are two types of linings that can be selected, but the best choice in the material will depend on the design of the vessel and the service requirements. These could include temperature, pressure, and the medium.

Synthetic Lining

Natural rubber sources were capped during World War II, leading to the creation of synthetic rubber. It was produced using petroleum-based materials within a controlled environment. Since that time, over 20 different versions and grades of synthetic rubber have been engineered. There are several benefits to synthetic, such as the durability of the material and superior resistance to age and heat. It is also really flexible at low temperatures, and it is highly resistant to chemicals and electricity.

Natural Lining

The materials needed for natural rubber are sourced from nature, as it is harvested from trees on large plantations. Natural rubber can never be truly replicated, and its overall production is more labor-intensive than the factory-created synthetic counterpart. Even still, natural has its own benefits. It is ecologically friendly and has high tensile strength. It is highly resistant to abrasion, and it can adhere well to other materials as well as itself. It can be used to develop additional lines of compound variations.

Similarities Between the Two

Although very different, there are some similarities between the natural and synthetic linings.  Both are chemically resistant to water and a weak acid, but the ability to chemically bond makes them stronger when the lining encounter sulfur. They are poor conductors of heat but otherwise, great insulators.

Rubber lining is good for storage and process vessels in the chemical industry, or for mining wear parts. Determine which application is best for you based on what your industry requires.

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