What are Ozone-Resistant Materials?

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Ozone is a more powerful oxidant than oxygen. Ozone in the ozone layer protects the surface of the Earth from solar UV radiation exposure. Ozone in the troposphere (ground level) is formed when nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds react in the atmosphere in the presence of sunlight. In contained areas, ozone can also be generated by electrical or electromagnetic disturbances. Extreme conditions, coupled with ozone exposure, can wreak havoc on electrical equipment. Get more answers to the question, “What are ozone resistant materials,” below!

Good/Bad Materials for Ozone Resistance

Good Ozone Resistance:

  • Kynar (PVDF)
  • CPVC
  • Viton
  • Silicone
  • 316 Stainless Steel
  • Teflon (PTFE, FEP, PFA)

Weak Ozone Resistance:

  • Natural Rubber
  • Nylon
  • Cast Iron
  • Acetal
  • Steel (mild)
  • Buna-N (Nitrile)

What Does Ozone Degradation Entail?

Rubber and the other materials listed above are especially susceptible to ozone corrosion. This goes double for components that are also placed under physical stress. When these materials are exposed to ozone, they’ll begin to deteriorate quickly. The material will develop surface crazing (fine cracks), deep cracks, or complete fractures. Using ozone resistant materials will help protect your electrical components from ozone corrosion, and keep them working as they should under harsh conditions.

Why Choose Military-Grade Electrical Equipment?

When your application requires the best, consider upgrading to military-grade connectors and receptacles, cable assemblies, shielded cables, and more. Military-grade electrical components are designed and manufactured to meet or exceed MIL-STDs, or military standards. These standards help ensure uniform performance from products under stressful conditions and are usually ozone resistant, corrosion-resistant, fungus resistant, waterproof, and resistant to extreme hot or cold temperatures.

Gateway Cable Company is ISO 9001:2015-certified and a supplier of procurement-approved military-grade electrical items. Whether your operation may be, you can expect durable products that have been designed and developed to withstand ozone exposure, thanks to the use of high-quality materials and craftsmanship.

Find Ozone Resistant Products at Gateway Cable Company!

Now that you’re aware of some ozone resistant materials, as well as the benefits of shopping with Gateway Cable Company, request a quote online! Our team of knowledgeable experts can help you find the component that meets your exact needs. If you have questions about our military-grade products or NATO Stock Numbers, don’t hesitate to contact us today.