Tank Linings: Natural Rubber vs Synthetic Rubber
From origin to benefits to application, synthetic and natural rubber linings each has its own strengths and weaknesses. In general, a rubber lining is created in the form of a sheet or membrane and forms a barrier between the corrosive commodity and its vessel to guard against chemical attack to extend equipment life.
Choosing the best material for the intended service depends on vessel design and service conditions, such as pressure, temperature, and medium.
Before we discuss details about each type, consider the following:
Synthetic Rubber Lining
Synthetic rubber was created during World War II when the United States was cut off from natural rubber sources. Synthetic rubber is produced with petroleum-based materials in a controlled environment. One major difference between natural rubber vs synthetic rubber is that there are over 20 types of synthetic rubber, including various grades, but only one type of natural rubber.
Synthetic Rubber Lining Resistance
When it comes to resistance, using synthetic rubber has several benefits, including:
In addition to these benefits, synthetic rubber linings are also easier to produce, which is a huge benefit when compared with natural rubber. Lastly, there are also many variations of synthetic rubber linings, which is helpful for many custom applications.
Variations of Synthetic Rubber Linings:
Natural Rubber Lining
While synthetic rubber is created in a factory, natural rubber is harvested from trees grown on plantations and can never be fully replicated. In addition, natural rubber is more labor intensive to produce than synthetics.
Benefits of Natural Rubber Lining
Unlike synthetic rubber, it’s a completely natural product that is ecologically friendly. In addition, natural rubber linings also:
Disadvantages of Natural Rubber Lining
Similarities Between Natural & Synthetic Rubber Linings
If you’re still unsure about which rubber lining might work better for you, consider the following similarities. Both types are:
Rubber Lining Applications
As much as synthetic and natural rubber linings vary, there are many applications for both, including:
If you have any questions, please contact Blair Rubber so we can provide additional information and discuss our product line.