Re: Thermal expansion of silicones

From: David Bourell (
Date: Thu Dec 04 1997 - 15:54:45 EET

>I am looking for the linear thermal coefficient of expansion (TCE)
>of silicone, more specifically Dow Corning Silastic M. I am trying
>to evaluate the expansion of a part made of silicone when subjected
>to a temperature of approx. 60 C.

For what it's worth, I looked up handbook values for silicone:

0.00059-0.0008/C (volumetric)
0.0002-0.0003/C (linear)

The source was ASM International, "Engineering Plastics", 1997, p. 266.

Dr. Dave Bourell
Temple Foundation Professor
University of Texas at Austin
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