GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials

Proven by more than 20 years of successful applications, Gore’s tapes and gaskets solve many sealing and surface protection challenges in civil and military aircraft. Our lightweight, no-cure materials are often used as an alternative to Form-In-Place (FIP) seals because they simplify aircraft assembly with seals that can withstand multiple open-close cycles for reduced life-cycle costs.

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This guide provides an overview of GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace materials for sealing and surface protection applications.

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Overview

GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials are a portfolio of unique, commercially-available material sets, forms and sizes with a wide range of engineered properties and specifications. Gore’s tapes and gaskets are specified by leading civil and military aircraft OEMs and solve many challenges such as sealing, abrasion, corrosion and gap filling. These materials can also withstand a wide range of temperatures.

Reliable Sealing and Surface Protection

Aircraft surfaces and panels are subjected to mechanical forces that can result in abrasion, corrosion, punctures and tears that can decrease their strength and life. GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials provide reliable sealing and surface protection to help minimize the damaging effects of vibration and other mechanical forces. Also, the flexible construction of our materials allows them to conform easily to complex shapes and irregular surfaces, making them more forgivable for gap filling for predictable performance.

Traditional materials used on aircraft can also break down or become brittle when exposed to UV radiation or liquids commonly used in the aerospace industry such as fuels, petroleum and phosphate-based hydraulic fluids, engine oils and de-icing fluids. We offer a wide range of standard and custom tapes and gaskets designed to provide reliable sealing and surface protection against these liquids and UV radiation.

Easy Installation in Less Time

GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials are significantly easier to install than FIP seals. Our lightweight, flexible tapes and gaskets eliminate cure time for sealing and protective materials, significantly reducing manufacturing cycles and direct maintenance time. Also, their unique construction enables them to maintain their protective performance over multiple open/close cycles, which translates to fewer replacements and re-work of seals and significant savings in personnel time during production and maintenance.

Unlike traditional two-component materials, our materials require no mixing, masking or clean-up after installation. Also, the non-hazardous material reduces environmental impact, disposal costs and improves safety for installation personnel.

Tapes

SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials - Tapes

GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Tapes are available in a variety of forms and sizes that solve many aerospace challenges for OEMs and operators such as sealing, abrasion, corrosion and gap filling.

Download the data sheet for more technical information, including benefits, applications, specifications and ordering information.

Purpose
Property 100
Series
110
Series
200
Series
700
Series
720
Series
730
Series
1600
Series
Abrasion/anti-chafe protection + + + ++ ++ ++ ++
Corrosion protectiona + + + + + + +
Environmental sealing + + + + + +  
Gap-filling + + + + + +  
Jet fuel sealing         ++ (gasket preferred)    

a Protection of applied corrosion-inhibiting compounds on surface from scratching, protection of surface from standing fluids, and isolation of dissimilar materials (galvanic)

Application Environment
Property 100
Series
110
Series
200
Series
700
Series
720
Series
730
Series
1600
Series
Gap-filling compensation range – single layer (mm) .15 to 2.0 .5 to 3.5c .5 to 3.0 .15 to 1.4 .2 to 1.2 .15 to 1.4  
Low compressive forces ++ ++ ++ + + +  
High compressive forces + + + ++ ++ ++  
Vibration + + + ++ ++ ++ ++
Frequent opening, access + + + ++ ++ ++ ++
Aviation fluid exposureb         + ++  
Jet fuel exposure         ++ +  
Best uses Big gaps, low compressive forces Big gaps,
very low compressive forces
Gap-filling Most applications, especially high vibration or repeated access Areas with repeated exposure to hydrocarbons Areas with repeated exposure to aviation fluids Surface protection — no compression required. Floorboard edges

b Sustained exposure to hydraulic fluids, including SKYDROL®, engine and turbine oils, and deicing fluids.
c Gap-filling capability (width) is less than width of tape

Gaskets

SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials - Gaskets

GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Gaskets are available in a variety of forms and sizes that solve many aerospace challenges for OEMs and operators such as sealing, abrasion, corrosion and gap filling.

Download the data sheet for more technical information, including benefits, applications, specifications and ordering information.

Purpose
Property 500
Series
520
Series
700
Series
720
Series
Abrasion/anti-chafe protection ++ ++ ++ ++
Corrosion protectiona + + + +
Environmental sealing + + + +
Gap-filling + + + +
Jet fuel sealing   ++   ++

 

 

a Protection of applied corrosion-inhibiting compounds on surface from scratching, protection of surface from standing fluids, and isolation of dissimilar materials (galvanic)

Application Environment
Property 500
Series
520
Series
700
Series
720
Series
Gap-filling compensation range – single layer (mm) .28 to 9.6 .3 to 2.5 .15 to 1.4 .2 to 1.2
Low compressive forces + + + +
High compressive forces ++ ++ ++ ++
Vibration ++ ++ ++ ++
Frequent opening, access ++ ++ ++ ++
Aviation fluid exposureb   +   +
Jet fuel exposure   ++   ++
Best uses Gaskets
> 19 inches
Fuel seals
> 18 inches
Most applications, especially high vibration or repeated access Areas with repeated exposure to hydrocarbons

 

Applications

GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials are specified by leading civil and military and fixed/rotary wing aircraft OEMs. Our tapes and gaskets are engineered to perform reliably in a wide range of applications, including:

  • access panels
  • antenna gasket fastener seals
  • cargo floorboards/structure
  • dry-bay gaskets
  • engine cowlings
  • external fuel tanks
  • fairings
  • fuel bladder cavities
  • fuel panels
  • helicopter tail booms
  • leading edge D-noses
  • light assembly seals
  • passenger floorboards
  • pitot tubes

If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.

Benefits

GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials provide manufacturers with many benefits that improve overall mechanical performance such as:

  • portfolio of unique materials sets, forms and sizes for many applications
  • reliable and predictable surface protection, sealing and gap filling with highly-conformable materials
  • proven performance after exposure to vibration, abrasion, fuels, chemicals, fluids and wide temperature ranges
  • low environmental impact and improved safety with non-hazardous materials
  • easy installation with no-cure materials that support design goals for manufacturing
  • reduced life-cycle costs with reusable seals

For more information about the benefits of our materials, please contact a Gore representative.

Guides & Videos

Download step-by-step instructions or watch instructional videos based on Gore’s best practices for installing GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials.

Instructional videos are available in multiple languages on YouTube.

Application Guides

Download guides that provide application examples using our tapes and gaskets, Technical Order approvals, and locations for installing our materials on aircraft panels.

Installation Guides
Installation Videos

Resources

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Gore Features Advanced Cables and Materials for Military and Defense Applications at 2016 ASE/Cribbins Symposiums

Posted November 8, 2016

Gore will be showcasing their collection of high-performance GORE® Cables and Materials at the 2016 Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) and Cribbins Aviation Product Symposiums in Huntsville, Alabama on November 14-17, Booth 203.

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