Viton™ Fluoroelastomers for Oil and Gas Applications

 
For over 60 years, Chemours Viton™ fluoroelastomers have been known for their outstanding heat and chemical resistance. The Chemours Company is a global chemistry manufacturer specializing in advanced performance materials and chemical solutions. The Chemours FKM fluoroelastomer portfolio includes superior performance for improving processing, increasing output, and reducing waste. Products compounded and made with Viton™ fluoroelastomers can keep their flexibility, shape, and seal when exposed to high thermal temperatures and external chemicals. 
 
Maintaining a lower operation cost in the oil and gas industry is more critical than ever. The demand volatility and fast-changing market conditions require an efficient process with reduced downtime and equipment failures. If not, these issues can typically cause an average loss of $38 to $88 million a year. Through the addition of Viton™ Fluoroelastomers to your Oil & Gas processing, these polymer additives can help maintain overall operational efficiencies, keeping equipment running, protect against failures, and retain exceptional resistance against various fluids and chemical interactions. With ongoing supply chain issues and new technological innovations fueling volatile demand for Oil & Gas, lowering operational costs can make a more significant impact on your bottom line. 
 
The incorporation of Viton™ FKM fluoroelastomer additives allows seals, hoses, O-rings, gaskets, and high-voltage cables to maintain their flexibility and integrity once introduced to high temperatures. Their unique elastomer properties provide:
 
  • An exceptional balance of resistance to extreme temperature ranges
  • Resistance to atmospheric oxidation, sun, weather, fungus, and mold
  • Extremely low permeability
  • Excellent electrical properties in low-frequency application
  • Resistance to degradation from amines, caustics, oils, fuels, lubricants, and most mineral acids
  • Hydrocarbon fluids for efficient and continuous operation in downhole oil production applications

What are Viton™ Fluoroelastomers?

 
Viton™ Fluoroelastomer is an extensive portfolio of fluoropolymers and specialty chemicals from The Chemours Company, engineered to withstand harsh conditions and extreme processes in elastomeric parts and rubber applications.

 

Why Viton™ Fluoroelastomers for Oil and Gas Applications?

 
Viton™ fluoroelastomers are the clear choice for manufacturing hoses, seals, gaskets, and other elastomeric parts, especially when resistance to harsh chemicals and extreme production process temperatures are required. Viton™ fluoroelastomers provide the following benefits
 
  • Permeation resistance to different fluids and chemicals
  • Endurance and extended lifetime under extreme conditions
  • Outstanding performance in high temperature and pressure conditions
  • A great alternative to HNBR polymers and di-polymer FKM elastomers
  • Acts as a universal seal for chemical process equipment
  • Valves lined with Viton™ reduce heat and corrosion 
  • Viton™ hoses efficiently transfer solvents and reactive petrochemicals to and from processing and distribution facilities
  • Effectively seals up to 204 °C (399 °F)
  • Unchanged by most hydraulic fluids, including the fire-resistant types
  • Viton™ seals can also reduce maintenance costs by providing more extended and uninterrupted seal reliability

Featured Viton™ Grades for Oil & Gas:

 
Viton™ APA polymers use Advanced Polymer Architecture (APA) technology developed for high demanding applications and challenging process conditions. Three of the Viton™ fluoroelastomers grades are featured here as their properties and performance meet a wide range of service conditions in the oil and gas industry.
 

Viton™ GF-600S is a high viscosity, peroxide-curable, fluoropolymer gum that is suitable for Oil & Gas applications and provides:

  • Superior resistance to hot water and steam
  • Improved resistance to acids, hydrocarbons, and methanol
  • Replaces di-polymer FKM, HNBR
  • High temperature sealing up to 204 °C (399 °F)

 

Viton™ GFLT-600S is a best-in-class low temperature sealing fluoroelastomer gum that provides:

  • Medium viscosity alternative for di-polymer FKM, HNBR
  • Excellent resistance to acids, steam, and hydrocarbons
  • Enhanced low temperature sealing performance
  • High temperature sealing up to 204 °C (399 °F)

 

Viton™ GLT-600S is a medium viscosity fluoroelastomer that is an excellent choice for FKM sealing applications:

  • High temperature sealing up to 204 °C (399 °F)
  • High-Performance in low-temperature sealing applications
  • Chemical resistance to acids, steam, and hydrocarbons

Material Selection Guideline for Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

 
Specification NBR HNBR Commercial
TFE/P
Viton™
AHV
Viton™
GF-S
Viton™
GLT-S
 Viton™
GFLT-S
Viton™
Extreme™
ETP-S
Upper Temperature Range, °C 135 160 204 204 204 204 204 204
Lower Temperature Range (Tg), °C –21 –21 5 0 -3 –29 –22 –8
Rapid Gas Decompression A₃ A₃ A₃ B₃ A₃ B₃ B₃ A₃
Compression Set A A B A B B B B
Oil-based fluids Hydrocarbon diesel B B C A A A A A
Aromatic hydrocarbons C C C A A A A A
Amine/oil inhibitors B B A C C C C A
Water-based fluids Steam C NT A C A A A A
Hot water NT NT A B A A A A
Formates B A NT C C C C A
High pH fluids (30% KOH) A A A C C C C A
Other fluids Methanol (methyl alcohol) A A A C A C A A
Acetone NT NT C C C C C B
 
A Excellent
A₃ Excellent, but compound-dependent
B Fair
B₃ Fair, but compound-dependent
C Not recommended
NT Not tested
 
 

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