Overview

When a device experiences temperature or altitude changes, a pressure differential between the external environment and the interior of the device can occur. This pressure differential can weaken the gaskets and seals within the device and eventually leads to lower resistance to liquid penetration.

The latest smart phones and many other consumer electronic devices are now made with a flexible, touch-sensitive screen that deflects inward. Consumer handling of these electronic devices can cause rapid pressure changes and pressure differentials between the inside and outside of the device, leading to transducer bias and compromised acoustic performance. GORE® Pressure Vents are engineered to provide optimum airflow within the available design envelope without compromising the required level of ingress protection.

Applications

GORE® Pressure Vents help to equalize pressure fast, minimizing the pressure differentials that can weaken the gaskets and seals within a device, create transducer bias and compromise acoustic performance.

Our range of pressure venting solutions are designed to significantly increase airflow and protect portable electronic devices against rapid pressure changes without compromising on liquid and particulate protection.

Product Comparison

GORE® Pressure Vents

Gore application engineers have a number of pressure vent material sets available to design the optimum vent for your applications.

Which product is right for you?

Product selection

* With appropriate design conditions (please consult Gore associates).
PE12 and PE13 can meet IP68 (1.5 m water for 30 minutes).
Normally, PE16 and PE8 can meet IP67. For certain designs, IP68 (1.5 m water for 30 minutes) can be met.
PE7 can meet IP68 (2 m water for 1 hour).

Pressure Vents provide superb reliability through exceptional balance of airflow and water protection.

GORE® Pressure Vents Data Sheet

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Application

Smartphones, Two-Way radios, Scanners

Wearables

Characteristics/ Performance

PE13

PE12

PE8

PE16

PE7

PE15

IP rating
(IEC 529, 2nd)a

IP67, IP68b

IP67, IP68b

IP67c

IP67, IP68d

IP67, IP68

ISO rating (ISO 22810)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

50 m water
@ 10 minh

Typical airflow
(dp = 70 mbar)

19,000
ml/min/cm2

10,000
ml/min/cm2

3,300
ml/min/cm2

4,200
ml/min/cm2

290
ml/min/cm2

380
ml/min/cm2

Reference thicknesse

0.24 mm

0.24 mm

0.27 mm

0.32 mm

0.34 mm

0.29 mm

Adhesive typef

Silicone/ Acrylic

Silicone/ Acrylic

Acrylic

Silicone

Acrylic

Membrane type

ePTFE

Membrane characteristic

Oleophobic

Membrane color

White

Black

White

Support material

PET

PET Non-woven

None

PET

Part orientation

Internal mount with ePTFE facing environment

Internal mount with ePTFE facing environment

Mount on the interior or exterior of the housing

 

Internal mount with ePTFE facing environment and back pressure on captive ring is required

Adhesive temperature range

-40 °C to 100 °C

-40 °C to 85 °C

RoHSg

Meet threshold requirements

a IP ratings depend on housing design and part size.
b Extended immersion testing: 1.5 m water immersion for 30 minutes.
c PE8 and PE16 can meet IP68 (1.5 m water @ 30 minutes) with certain custom design conditions. Please contact Gore associates for details.
d Extended immersion testing: 2 m water immersion for 1 hour. PE7 can also meet IP65 and IP66 under external mount condition only.
e Actual thickness may vary due to the compressibility of nonwoven, ePTFE and adhesive layers.
f A wide range of options available as a custom product.
g To the best of our knowledge, the parts listed above do not have any restricted substances above the maximum concentration values listed in RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU.
h Extended immersion testing: 50 m water immersion for 10 minutes with back pressure on captive ring.

This information is based on our current level of knowledge and does not constitute a representation or warranty beyond those contained in our standard terms and conditions.

Design Considerations

Predicting the conditions your product will encounter can be difficult, so our application engineers will work with you to ensure the right vent is selected.

Factors that might be considered include:

  • What are the required product dimensions (device air volume)?
  • How will the product be used?
  • What are the air flow requirements of your device?
  • What is the target pressure equalization time?
  • What are the minimum and maximum temperatures your device may face?
  • What surface will the vent be mounted on and what type of adhesive is required?
  • How much space is available within your device enclosure? Will there be an open cavity?
Cross section of woven material
Cross section of woven material

Standard Parts

Dimension (mm) Part Number
Inner Diameter Outer Diameter PE13 PE12 PE8 PE16 PE7 PE15
1.6 4.2 - - - - - -
2.0 5.0 PE130205 PE120205 PE80205 PE160205 - -
3.0 6.0 PE130306 PE120306 PE80306 PE160306 PE70306 -
5.0 9.4 - - - PE160509 - -
5.5 10.2 - - PE80510 - PE70510 -
1.6 3.8 - - - - - PE151.63.8
2.0 4.2 - - - - - PE152.04.2

 

Available in custom and standard sizes to give manufacturers greater design flexibility — to either reduce the number of pressure vents used in their devices or reduce the size of pressure vents for devices with limited internal space — without reducing effectiveness.

Gore applications engineers are also available to assist in selecting the right solution for your specific application requirements.

Installation and Use

Working directly with OEMs and manufacturers, GORE® Pressure Vents have been developed to easily be applied manually or as part of high-volume manufacturing processes and automated installation procedures. Please see below for our product installation video:

Why Choose GORE® Portable Electronic Vents for Your Electronic Devices?

Leading OEMs have specified over 5 billions of GORE® Portable Electronic Vents because they know our products and services can help accelerate their development of innovative and differentiated devices in fast-paced, highly competitive markets.

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Product & Application Leadership

Grounded in a deep understanding of material science and acoustics, Gore can provide the optimum venting solution. We balance trade-offs between diverse problems such as adverse operating environments, immersion events and acoustic performance.

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Reliable Performance

To ensure products are “fit for use”, every Gore product must adhere to the highest standards of quality, performance and reliability. Through a comprehensive understanding of end-use applications and requirements, our products do what they say they will do.

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Fast Development

The mobile electronics industry develops and releases new products quickly. Our fast response to customer requests during the development process sets us apart. Gore supports this need for quickness with designs and prototypes to ensure engineering teams can meet their project timelines and their application requirements.

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Supply Security

Leading OEMS specify Gore because we have consistently proven our ability to quickly ramp up to supply vents for projects of over 10 million devices per year and to continue to supply high quality products on-time without disruption.

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Material Science

Gore is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Gore develops materials with microporous structures that provide desirable attributes and performance characteristics to engineer vents and other products used in a variety of markets and industries.

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Global Support

Our global teams of sales associates, application engineers, manufacturing engineers, and research personnel enable us to provide agile and robust support to customers around the world.

Case Studies

Read about how the GORE® Portable Electronic Vents team of engineers and scientists are working with customers to ensure delivery of the best possible venting, production and customized solutions:

Resource Library

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