LUXEMBOURG—Graphene nanotube supplier OCSiAl and fluorine technologies specialist Daikin Industries Ltd. have developed a graphene nanotube technology for "highly durable, electrically conductive fluoroelastomer (FKM) compounds with improved heat stability."
The new compound maintains chemical and high heat-resistance properties of FKM while improving its performance in terms of tear resistance and tensile strength, said OCSiAl in a Feb. 3 statement.
Furthermore, the new compound's improved electrically conductive properties will make it suitable for applications in electric vehicles components and various electrostatic discharge control areas.
"Standard conductive fillers bring a number of negative trade-offs to elastomers in terms of flexibility and elasticity, said Jupei Terada of Daikin's marketing department, chemicals division.
"This leads to hardening and a reduced life cycle of the final parts, which is critical in FKMs where the original hardness is already high," he said.