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About Fibre Sheeting

Fibre seals and gaskets are sealing components made from various fibrous materials. These materials are often impregnated with fillers and binders to enhance their sealing properties.

Fiber seals and gaskets offer several benefits and have numerous uses across different industries:

Benefits of Fibre Seals and Gaskets:

  • Cost-Effective: Fibre seals and gaskets are typically more affordable than some other sealing materials, making them a cost-effective choice for many applications.
  • Compression and Resilience: They exhibit good compression and resilience properties, allowing them to conform to irregular surfaces and maintain their sealing integrity even after compression and decompression cycles.
  • Temperature Resistance: Fiber gaskets can withstand a range of temperatures, making them suitable for applications in both high- and low-temperature environments.
  • Chemical Resistance: Depending on the specific type of fibre used, some fibre seals and gaskets can offer resistance to certain chemicals and solvents, making them suitable for applications where chemical exposure is a concern.
  • Electrical Insulation: Some types of fibre materials have good electrical insulating properties, making them useful for sealing electrical enclosures and components.
  • Creep Resistance: Fiber gaskets often have good creep resistance, meaning they maintain their shape and sealing capabilities over time, even under constant stress or pressure.
  • Common Uses of Fiber Seals and Gaskets:
  • Automotive: Fiber gaskets are used in automotive engines, exhaust systems, and various components to create seals and prevent gas and fluid leaks. They are commonly found in cylinder head gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets, and valve cover gaskets.
  • Industrial Equipment: Fiber seals and gaskets are used in a wide range of industrial equipment, including pumps, compressors, and pipelines, to prevent leaks and maintain the integrity of fluid systems.
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning): They are used in HVAC systems to create seals in ductwork, valves, and other components, helping to maintain proper air and temperature control.
  • Marine: Fiber gaskets are used in marine applications, such as sealing engine components, hatches, and access panels on boats and ships, to prevent water intrusion and maintain equipment functionality.
  • Electrical and Electronics: Certain fibre materials with good electrical insulation properties are used to seal electrical enclosures and protect sensitive electronic components from moisture and dust.
  • Aerospace: Fiber seals and gaskets find applications in aircraft engines and systems, where they create seals to prevent fuel and oil leaks, ensuring the safety and reliability of aviation equipment.
  • Food and Beverage Processing: In the food and beverage industry, fibre gaskets are used in processing equipment to maintain hygienic conditions and prevent contamination of food products.
  • Construction: They are used in construction equipment and machinery to create seals and prevent fluid leaks, especially in hydraulic systems and engines.
  • Oil and Gas Industry: Fiber seals and gaskets are used in various equipment in the oil and gas sector, including pumps, valves, and wellhead components, to prevent leaks and maintain system integrity.
  • Renewable Energy: Fiber seals and gaskets can be found in renewable energy equipment, such as wind turbine gearboxes and solar panel components, to create seals and prevent fluid leaks.

Fiber seals and gaskets are chosen for their affordability and suitability in applications where their sealing properties and temperature resistance meet the specific requirements of the industry or equipment. The type of fibre material used can vary based on the application’s demands.

  • Fiber sheeting, also known as fibre-reinforced sheeting or gasket sheeting, is typically composed of a fibrous material, such as cellulose, aramid, or glass fibres, combined with a binder or resin. These materials can offer various chemical benefits that make fibre sheeting suitable for certain applications in different industries. Here are some of the chemical benefits of fibre sheeting:
  • Chemical Resistance: Depending on the specific fibre material and binder used, fibre sheeting can provide resistance to a wide range of chemicals, including oils, solvents, acids, bases, and some corrosive substances. This resistance helps prevent degradation and ensures the longevity of the material in chemically aggressive environments.
  • Sealing Performance: Fiber sheeting is often used as a sealing material, such as gaskets and seals, in applications where preventing fluid or gas leaks is crucial. Its chemical resistance contributes to effective sealing, reducing the risk of leakage and contamination.
  • Reduced Swelling: Unlike some elastomeric materials, fibre sheeting tends to have lower swelling properties when exposed to certain chemicals. This characteristic helps maintain the integrity of the material and its sealing capabilities in the presence of chemical fluids.
  • Thermal Stability: Fiber sheeting materials can offer good thermal stability, allowing them to maintain their chemical resistance and sealing properties at elevated temperatures. This makes them suitable for high-temperature applications where chemical exposure is a concern.
  • Non-Reactivity: Fiber sheeting materials are often chemically inert, meaning they do not readily react with the chemicals they come into contact with. This property ensures that the sheeting itself does not introduce contaminants or react with the fluids it is sealing.
  • Consistency: Fiber sheeting is typically manufactured with consistent chemical properties, ensuring that the material’s resistance to chemicals remains uniform throughout its structure.
  • Oil and Fuel Resistance: Certain fibre sheeting materials are specifically designed to resist oils and fuels, making them suitable for automotive and machinery applications where exposure to these substances is common.
  • Compliance with Industry Standards: Fiber sheeting materials can be engineered to meet industry-specific standards for chemical resistance, such as ASTM or DIN standards. This ensures that the materials are suitable for specific applications and environments.
  • Customization: Fiber sheeting can be manufactured with various fibre types, binders, and additives to achieve specific chemical resistance requirements for different applications.

Common applications for fibre sheeting include gaskets, seals, packing materials, and insulation in industries such as automotive, chemical processing, oil and gas, food and beverage, and more. The choice of fibre material and binder should be carefully considered to ensure that the fibre sheeting meets the specific chemical resistance needs of the intended application. Proper material selection is crucial to achieving optimal performance and longevity in chemically challenging environments.

Below is a list of some of the available grades of Klinger fibre sheeting. We can also offer alternatives to Klinger grades.

C-4401: This is a common gasket material from Klinger, suitable for a wide range of applications involving water, steam, oils, gases, and more. It offers good general-purpose sealing properties.

C-4500: Klinger C-4500 is an enhanced version of C-4401 with improved mechanical and thermal properties. It is often used in applications with higher pressures and temperatures.

C-4430: This grade is designed for use with oils, fuels, and other hydrocarbons. It offers excellent resistance to these substances and is commonly used in the petrochemical industry.

C-4408: Klinger C-4408 is suitable for applications involving high-temperature steam and aggressive chemicals. It offers excellent sealing performance under extreme conditions.

C-4403: This grade is reinforced with a wire mesh for added strength and stability. It is often used in applications with fluctuating temperatures and pressures.

C-4433: Similar to C-4430, this gasket material is designed for use with oils and fuels but with enhanced performance characteristics.

C-5400: Klinger C-5400 is a compressed non-asbestos gasket material suitable for use in applications with acids, alkalis, and various chemicals.

C-7400: This is a high-performance, compressed non-asbestos gasket material designed for demanding sealing applications involving chemicals, high pressures, and high temperatures.

We hold in stock our most commonly converted grade which is C-4400.

Klinger C-4400 is a widely used gasket material produced by the Klinger Group, a well-known manufacturer of sealing solutions. C-4400 is a compressed non-asbestos gasket sheet designed for general-purpose sealing applications. It is known for its versatility, durability, and resistance to a variety of media. Here are some key characteristics and information about Klinger C-4400:

  • Material Composition: Klinger C-4400 is typically composed of aramid fibres, inorganic fillers, and elastomeric binders. These materials are carefully selected and combined to create a gasket material that offers a balance of properties suitable for a wide range of applications.
  • Versatility: C-4400 is a versatile gasket material suitable for use with a broad spectrum of media, including water, steam, oils, gases, fuels, mild acids, alkalis, and more. Its wide compatibility makes it a popular choice for many sealing applications.
  • Temperature and Pressure Range: Klinger C-4400 is designed to handle moderate temperature and pressure conditions. It can typically withstand temperatures ranging from -100°C (-148°F) to 440°C (824°F) and pressures up to 100 bar (1450 psi), depending on the specific grade and thickness.
  • Sealing Performance: This gasket material provides reliable sealing performance and is commonly used in applications requiring leak-free seals. It conforms well to irregular surfaces and maintains its sealing integrity even after compression and decompression cycles.
  • Resilience: Klinger C-4400 exhibits good resilience, meaning it can recover its original shape and sealing properties after being subjected to compression.
  • Environmental Compliance: It is asbestos-free, which aligns with modern environmental and safety regulations that restrict the use of asbestos-containing materials.
  • Ease of Cutting and Installation: C-4400 can be easily cut into gaskets of various shapes and sizes to fit specific equipment and applications. This makes it convenient for installers and minimizes material waste.
  • Applications: Klinger C-4400 is suitable for a wide range of industries and applications, including automotive, chemical processing, petrochemical, power generation, and more. It is commonly used in flange gaskets, valve seals, pump gaskets, and other sealing applications.
  • Availability: C-4400 is available in various thicknesses and sheet sizes to accommodate different sealing requirements. It can also be supplied with anti-stick coatings or surface finishes to enhance its handling and installation properties.

Please note that the availability of specific grades and their properties may change over time, and Klinger may have introduced new products or revised existing ones.

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