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Fascinating Silicone™ The Versatile Silicone Toolbox – Silicone Fluids: Types and Uses

Silicone fluids – types and uses

Types of silicone fluids

Silicone fluids are as diverse as snowflakes. They range from liquids thinner than water to gums as thick as chewing gum.

Silicone fluids are as diverse as snowflakes.
Silicone fluids can be thinner than water.Silicone fluids can be thick as chewing gum.
0.65 cSt30,000,000 cSt

Depending on how they are engineered, silicone fluids can be:

  • Volatile methylsiloxanes (VMS) or non-volatile polydimethylsiloxanes (PDMS)
  • Reactive or non-reactive
  • With a wide range of organic and inorganic functionalities

But they all have one thing in common – the ability to flow!

Learn about the structure and properties of silicone fluids.


Did you know ... many silicone fluids can be recycled!


Uses for silicone fluids and gums

  • Base materials for silicone lubricants, sealants, adhesives, resins, and elastomers/rubbers
  • Mixed with other ingredients to form emulsions, dispersions, greases, compounds, free-flowing powders, and thermoplastic pellets
  • Formulation ingredients for cosmetics and personal care products, automobile and furniture polishes, pharmaceuticals, healthcare products, and textile finishes
  • Problem-solving additives for paints and inks
  • Coolants for electrical systems, heat transfer fluids, dielectric fluids in power transformers, hydraulic fluids, damping liquids, diffusion pump oils, and thermo-stable lubricants
  • Surfactants, antifoams, industrial cleaners, and release agents for chemical and durable goods manufacturing
Did you know ... in the United States, volatile methylsiloxane fluids are exempt from volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations and can be used in place of regulated solvents to make formulations safer for people and the environment! 

Visit the silicone showcase to see the benefits silicone fluids bring to a wide range of industries.

Did you know ... silicone gums may appear to be solid, but they are really ultra-high-viscosity fluids. No matter how solid they “pretend” to be, they will eventually
spread out and conform to the shape
of their container!

Expand your understanding

Learn about: The structure and properties of silicone fluids.

Easy reading: Commonly asked questions about volatile methylsiloxane fluids

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