With the continuous advancement in technology along with civil, marine, railway, and aviation engineering, modern
transportation has become faster, more comfortable, reliable, and efficient. It has not only increased the flow of passengers
worldwide but also raised their expectations in terms of health, comfort, and security, which eventually demands the materials
to perform better. Compo-SiL® based silicone products can be seen as modern futuristic raw materials for the transportation
industries, and could help lengthen the lifetime of the vehicles. Because it has already been proven to be an apt material with
properties like high durability, non toxicity, flame retardant, and resistance to UV rays, ozone, extreme temperature variations,
particular chemicals, and moisture. As silicone parts and products are relatively light weight, thus contribute to vehicle weight
reduction, which results in enhancing fuel efficiency and lowering pollutants emissions (mainly CO2).
Consumers demanding of more powerful and better performance for their
automobiles will increase the amount of heat generated in engines. Silicone
rubber is used in the automotive industry, because it delivers the strength,
resistance and durability needed in high-performance automotive applications.
Silicone products can be found in many places in the bodywork, such as car
hood, drive train, electronics and electrical systems, car interiors and seams.
Even working under intense heat, they protect against aggressive substances,
or act as seals, vibration dampers, conductors or insulators.
The marine and offshore sectors face major challenges, such as working in an
increasingly extreme weather conditions and applying stringent Health, Safety
and Environment (HSE) regulations. Besides, they must improve performance in
very competitive industries including shipping and offshore, oil and gas
exploration and production. Within the oil industry, silicone antifoams have
multiple applications on offshore platforms. For example, they are used to
prevent the aeration of drilling mud, which would impair their functioning and
also ensure the sealing of bore holes by drilling cements. In gas-oil separators,
silicones are used to deal with corrosive seawater which causes foaming that
Silicone is used in a number of interior and exterior applications within the
rail industry, helping maintain the structural integrity of the vehicle, while
ensuring all components are secure and protected from corrosion and
environmental conditions. The flexibility, strength and durability of silicone
rubber is ideally placed in train locomotives and carriages along with other
mass transit sectors, such as marine vessels, public transportation, and heavy
During operation, aircraft goes through large temperature fluctuations from
freezing temperatures when flying at full altitude to high temperatures when
on the ground in tropical countries. Aerospace grades of silicone are stable
from -70°C to + 230°C, which can be used in the construction of gaskets for
windows and cabin doors. Withstanding high emperatures property enables
silicone rubber to be used for gaskets in aircraft’s engines, where it will outlast
other types of rubber. This resistance to both heat and corrosion improves
aircraft safety, and reduces maintenance costs.