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Jacket Materials Used in Cables

Jacket Materials Used in Cables

Jacket Materials Used in Cables

Blog Introduction: When choosing the right jacket material for a cable, there are several factors to consider. In this post, we will be looking at the different properties of common jacket materials used in cables and which may be best suited for your particular application.  
 
Polyethylene (PE) Cable Jacket Material
Polyethylene (PE) is one of the most popular jacket materials for cables due to its flexibility and durability. It is a lightweight material that is also highly resistant to water, oil, and other chemicals. This makes it an ideal option for applications where the cable needs to be protected from weather or environmental elements. Additionally, PE has low flammability properties making it suitable for use in hazardous environments.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Cable Jacket Material
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is another common cable jacket material due to its affordability and availability. PVC offers excellent flexibility while still being able to withstand high temperatures and pressure making it a great choice for outdoor applications. It also has flame retardant properties making it safe to use in areas prone to fire hazards. However, PVC can degrade over time when exposed to UV rays or ozone so it should not be used in direct sunlight or areas with high levels of ozone gas emissions.

Fluoroelastomer (FKM) Cable Jacket Material
Fluoroelastomer (FKM) is one of the more expensive cable jacket materials available but it offers superior resistance to oil, fuels, acids and other corrosive substances. FKM also has excellent temperature range capabilities as it can perform well from -20°C up to +250°C without degrading or losing its elasticity. Therefore, FKM is commonly used for automotive cables or any application that requires extreme temperature performance and chemical resistance.

When selecting a jacket material for your cable requirements, you must consider several factors including temperature range requirements, chemical resistance needs, UV exposure potentials and flame retardant possibilities before deciding on the right material for your application. Knowing these key differences can help make sure you pick the right jacket material required for your specific usage conditions so you can get reliable performance from your cables over their life-time of use.
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