Abrasion Resistant Rubber Lining: What to Expect

Abrasion Resistant Rubber Lining: What to Expect

Many industries require durable and resilient rubber linings for harsh applications. The level of abrasion resistance is among the most important properties to consider when weighing equipment protection options.

Oil and mining industries need long-lasting linings that can protect equipment like piping, chutes and containment vessels from slurry mixtures. Selecting the proper solution will significantly reduce abrasion wear while providing impact and corrosion resistance for several years even in less than ideal environments.

Many rubber polymers are suitable for abrasion resistant rubber lining applications, but some can handle tough, high-wear settings better than others.

Natural Rubber (NR)

Cost effective and versatile, natural rubber is a good solution for applications that require abrasion mitigation.

While it can handle slurry mixtures and combat impingement, natural rubber isn’t the best choice for oil and equipment with overexposure to ozone and weathering.

A popular abrasion resistant rubber lining is Enduraflex VE210TN, a tan, soft, natural rubber that is excellent for mining uses. Another product well suited for abrasion applications is Enduraflex VE616BN, a soft black natural rubber lining known for its significant cut and tear resistance.

Styrene-Butadiene (SBR)

Styrene-Butadiene or SBR is a synthetic compound that is similar to natural rubber and most commonly found in tire treads.

SBR’s properties also follow suit with natural rubber as it has excellent abrasion resistance, but isn’t as durable when it comes to cuts and tears. It also doesn’t stand up well with significant weathering or ozone applications, much like its natural counterparts.

Blair’s SBR lining, Enduraflex V711, is pressure cured and an outstanding choice when abrasion will be significant.

Butyl [IIR]

Used for many types of tank linings, Butyl products help keep air from permeating through rubber compounds like chlorobutyl and bromobutyl.

Butyl tank linings have a high temperature loading of 210°F+ and perform exceptionally well in weather and ozone settings. But they’re not as effective with oil situations.

Popular products:

  • Plioweld LS582
  • Enduraflex VE621BC
  • Crislip CC4624
  • Marflex HB50HT

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM)

EPDM is a good choice for roofs and related applications because it’s known for heat resistance. It also handles a range of weather and ozone conditions. Chemical resistance is good and oil resistance is fair.

Popular products:

  • Enduraflex VE518BEP
  • Enduraflex VE530BEP
  • Enduraflex V714BEP


Companies use chloroprene because it offers excellent oil, weather, ozone and heat resistance. It is also very effective in seawater environments. Chloroprene is considered a satisfactory abrasion resistant rubber lining for chemical markets.

Popular products:

  • Enduraflex VE610BNE
  • Enduraflex VE612BNE
  • Enduraflex VE713BNE

Acrylonitrile (NBR)

Acrylonitrile is an excellent option for oil resistance. The NBR linings also work well with chemicals, weather, ozone and heat conditions.

Popular products:

  • Enduraflex VE107WNI (white nitrile)
  • Enduraflex VE515BNI (black nitrile)
  • Enduraflex VE927BNI (black nitrile)

Hydrogenated Nitrile (HNBR)

An abrasion resistant rubber lining for tanks, Blair Rubber’s HNBR product offers excellent resistance with oil, chemical and heat environments. HNBR tank linings also work well in a variety of weather and ozone conditions.

Popular product:

  • Enduraflex VE627BNI

How do you plan to protect your equipment? Blair Rubber has been a leader in abrasion resistant linings for nearly 40 years. Contact us today to learn more about how our products can safeguard your assets.