AN186 – Elastomer o-rings stability by TGA


Many elastomers are used as seals, adhesives and flexible parts. Their resistance to heat, solvents and pressure especially make them excellent candidates to manufacture gaskets and o-rings. Three different o-rings are investigated by thermogravimetry with the Labsys TG 1150°C to compare their resistance to temperature: NBR (Nitrile butadiene rubber), EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) and Viton (fluoropolymer).



LABSYS evo TGA 1150 was used for the experiments. A sample amount of 30 mg ± 2 mg was weighed and inserted in an alumina crucible. The following profile was then applied:

  • Heating  from 30°C to 700°C at 10K/minute
  • Atmosphere: nitrogen flow at a rate of 30 ml/min

A blank experiment with an empty alumina crucible was run using the same experimental conditions. The obtained signals were used to subtract the contribution of buoyancy effects from the tests with samples.


NBR and EPDM begin to decompose around 210°C. At 650°C, their respective mass loss is 47.5% and 55.6%. Viton is the most stable, with a decomposition starting around 370°C. However, it has a higher decomposition rate than the two other elastomers and reach a mass loss of 61.9% at the end of the ramp.