At NEDC, EMI Gaskets are a core product for us. One of the popular types of EMI Gasketing is the expanded wire gaskets. These gaskets provide an environmental seal and EMI shielding under high pressures. Typically this type material is provided in connector gaskets, however other shapes are available.
What are Expanded Wire Gaskets?
Expanded wire gasketing is essentially polymer materials such as different rubber selections filling voids left in expanded, or woven wire materials. The elastomer portion provides the environmental seal, while the wire provides the EMI Shielding. There is a table below that details out the different options available. Shielding effectiveness/performance for each configuration varies depending on the make-up of the gasket.
What’s Popular for Expanded Wire Gasketing Materials?
Silicone Rubber per A-A-59588 Class 2B Grade 50 in Monel Wire per QQ-N-281, color gray is perhaps the most popular version of these type gaskets. This is because monel wire provides great durability, while being balanced by silicones high temperature range.
Note: Not each polymer is available with each metal, nor each thickness.
|Polymers Available||Metals Available|
|Silicone Rubber per A-A-59588 Class 2B Grade 50||Aluminum Alloy 5056 per AMS-4182|
|Silicone Rubber per AMS-3302D||QQ-A-250/2 3003 AL Aluminum|
|Neoprene Rubber per AMS-3222||Monel Wire per QQ-N-281B|
|Fluorosilicone Rubber per MIL-R-25988||Expanded Copper|
|–||Expanded Stainless Steel|
Thicknesses available are usually .016’’, .020’’, and .030’’
For more information on expanded wire gaskets or EMI gaskets, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.