Asbestos-based gaskets were long the state of the art in industrial
applications dealing with high temperature media, in power plants
or the chemical industry for example. More recently, rising standards
on emission control and health in the workplace have called for
the installation of asbestos-free materials. While such gaskets
do already exist on the market, broader application has been hindered
by a lack of commonly accepted standards.
This project aimed to develop asbestos-free graphite-, fibre-,
PTFE- and mica-based gaskets and new testing techniques to help
harmonise European standards and accelerate gasket replacement.
Standardisation will ultimately help to improve European competitiveness
in plant and apparatus engineering compared in particular to US-based
companies. It will also mean, of course, an important positive impact
on health in the workplace, both in the gasket manufacturing sector
and in user industries.
Project partners represent the entire chain from raw material and
gasket manufacturers to industrial end-users. Some of the industrial
partners have already launched new products and a draft standard
for gasket testing has been submitted to CEN.