Usually no. But, Silicone caulks boast excellent electrical properties and can be manufactured to be insulated with high dielectric strength, or moreover electrically conductive. That means due to its semi-conductor nature Silicone caulks are manufactured to be electrically conductive or insulating according to their applications.
Silicone and Its Insulation
Silicone is synthetically made up of oxygen and silicon and other components, most often carbon. It has ample useful properties. It is a rubber-like plastic with high heat resistance and provides good electrical insulation. It is also called silicone rubber insulator or composite insulator and is used in High-voltage transmission and distribution lines.
Silicone can be processed into many forms such as solid silicone rubbers, liquids, lubricants, and water-proofing agents like silicone caulk. It remains stable elastically and mechanically across a wide range of temperatures from -60 to +200 degree Celsius.
Electrical Insulation and Conductivity of Silicone
Silicone, in its unfilled natural state, is highly insulative both electrically and thermally. What is unique about silicone is that they accept high levels of fillers and retain process ability. As such they are filled with electrically and thermally conductive fillers to achieve low electrical and thermal resistance for them to be used as EMI shielding gaskets and heat transfer pads.
Electrically Conductive Silicone Caulks
Conductive caulks are electrically conductive composite materials generally comprising silicone elastomeric and conductive particles. They are designed to be easily applied to panel joints/seams and for small clearances that are resulted from non-continuous mechanical fixing in sheeted metal enclosures.
On application, they cure at room temperature to form a highly conductive elastomeric section that has good adhesion to the most commonly used metals. When fully cured they help with water ingress and improve the EMI shielding performance of panel joints.
Conductive caulks have marvelous high-temperature resistance and long-term aging characteristics. Fillers used in these materials provide a reliable low impendence connection between suitably prepared metallic surfaces. The various fillers can be used to ascertain good galvanic compatibility with different alloys in wet or humid environments.
Silicone caulks has countless applications in our day-to-day life. Whether as insulators or conductors, this composite material is one of the most used silicon products in the world along with others. While it shows high insulation properties, the level of conductivity can be changed according to the needed application which makes silicone caulk much more work friendly and productive.
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