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Although we commonly think of washers as being made of metal, in fact, they can be made of a number of different materials. One of these different materials is cork. Cork is a subset of bark tissue, and has a number of impressive properties including fire resistance, elasticity and impermeability. It’s also relatively inexpensive to manufacture.
In terms of washers, cork washers are most commonly used for anti-vibration purposes and in electrical switchgear. They’re available in a number of different sizes, so finding cork washers to suit your needs should pose no problem at all. What’s more, our excellent level of service will ensure you receive your order quickly and professionally.
Cork washers- Properties
Owing to cork being somewhat malleable, it’s a popular choice of material for certain washers. In applications where large amounts of movement are normal, cork’s elasticity and buoyancy provides excellent anti-vibration properties, making it the ideal choice of washer material. It’s also non-conductive, so is a handy alternative to plastic in electrical applications.
In fact, cork’s remarkable properties are so impressive, it’s now used in an enormous range of industries, including making airtight seams for musical instruments, paper pick-up mechanisms in home printers, improving comfort and climate control in footwear and even in fairings and heat shields in spacecraft.
Cork is even often mixed into concrete, whereby its unique properties give the composite a lower thermal conductivity, better energy absorption and a lower density than pure concrete itself. Put simply, cork is a material which is simply unrivaled elsewhere in terms of its specific properties, and it is an ideal washer material for a number of different uses and applications.
Cork Washers from Stephens Gaskets
Buying your cork washers from Stephens Gaskets ensures the highest levels of quality and service. We are ISO 9001 : 2000 accredited and our company policy is to achieve and exceed the objectives of our Total Quality Management philosophy. Based in Oldbury, in the West Midlands, we are strategically placed to offer our products and outstanding service to customers right across the United Kingdom.
For more information, or to contact us about our range of cork washers, please fill in the contact form on the Contact page or call our team on 0121 544 5808.