Gaskets and Seals for Transportation

RAM Gaskets supplies gaskets and seals for: Sailing Boats, Cargo Ships, Ocean Liners, Trains, Cars, Vans, Heavy Duty Trucks, Motorbikes, Bicycles and One Off Projects.

 

On this page: Marine | Rail | Automotive

 

Gaskets and Seals for the Marine Industry

When choosing the material and designing your gasket it is important to take into account a number of factors. Quality nitrile and viton is used around fuel systems. Consider ozone resistance, as exposure to sunlight can weaken a material over extended periods of time. Salt water is corrosive for the gaskets if they are constantly submerged. Choosing a material such as neoprene foam or EPDM (which is common in the water industry) is essential to the longevity of your gasket. If your gasket is going to be under pressure from being subsea for extended periods of time it is also import to consider this during design. In a marine environment it is common to use Plastazote and EVA foams that are heat and vacuum formable.

 

 

 

 

Gaskets and Seals for the Rail Industry

Gaskets in the rail industry spend the majority of their use under extreme pressure and friction. Due to the complexity of modern oils and fluids in vehicles, it is common to use Hydrogenated Nitrile (HNBR). We can supply cork composite materials used for flooring and rail pads. RAM Gaskets can supply fire retardant materials to meet modern rail material specifications. We also make products for steam engines, traction engines and traditional boiler joints.

 

 

 Gaskets and Seals for the Automotive Industry

We manufacture gaskets and seals for the automotive industry, such as paper and cork gaskets for sumps and carburetors, and graphite exhaust gaskets. As we manufacture bespoke gaskets to your specific drawings we have been involved with many different aspects of automotive manufacturing; from pedal grips in racing cars to the restoration of classic motorbikes.  As gaskets are used throughout so many different stages in the manufacturing and running of vehicles, when choosing the material you must consider exposure to pressure, different fuels, high under bonnet temperatures and friction. Again, nitrile and vitons can be used around fuel systems. Due to strong additives that are now present in modern fuels you have to consider gasket erosion. Standing fuels break down and absorb water, which in turn causes the break down of gaskets. If the fuel is standing for over a month you need to either drain the tank or agitate the fuel occasionally to prevent gasket erosion.