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Industrial Oil Gels
Cable Filling Compounds
Oil gels based on Kraton® polymers have the right combination of consistency, service temperature and melt viscosity to give excellent cable filling compounds. They can be rubbery compounds for use with copper cables or they can be thixotropic greases for use with optical fiber cables. They have excellent compatibility with mineral oils and so prevent oil bleed out and they have low melt viscosity to make them easy to pump into the cable.
The global beauty industry uses a wide range of oils and waxes in which Kraton polymers are compatible. Our science creates easy and uniform spreading, a high gloss, and a gradual fragrance release, and has a positive impact on water resistance – producing cosmetics that are protective, non-greasy and resistant to rinse-off. Kraton polymers are compatible with a vast range of oils and waxes, creating endless possibilities for new uses and formulations. More
Oil gels based on Kraton polymers can be used as elastomeric adhesives, sealants and gaskets. Frequently the gel will be formulated to include a tackifying resin to improve adhesion. An expandable microsphere filler can be included in the formulation as well. When this type of gel is heated, the gel will expand to fill a gap between two substrates. These expandable sealants are frequently based on a Kraton D polymer which is crosslinked with a free radical reaction to give a thermoset gel.
Features and Benefits
Polymers covering a wide range of architectures are available among the Kraton brand of polymers. Among the benefits this provides are the following.
- Low viscosity for easy mixing and handling
- Excellent clarity
- Excellent compatibility with mineral oils
- FDA coverage on most polymers
- Consistency ranging from rubbery gel to thixotropic grease
- Can be made tacky or non-tacky
- Can be crosslinked to give thermoset gels