While extreme environments have the capability to pose serious threats for seals and O-Rings, one of the first design considerations for engineers should be the effects of ozone. How much exposure will rubber have to this powerful atmospheric oxidizing agent, and what stresses will the application face as a result?

Seals used in oil and fuel-related applications must have superior ozone resistance to prevent deterioration. The use of the wrong compound can be disasterous. Similarly, in order to ensure the success of outdoor applications, it’s crucial to know how to select the proper material for use.

In our latest technical video, we cover some need-to-know facts for fighting ozone — like recognizing common ozone effects, signs of ozone deterioration and how to choose the right materials for extreme-environment use.