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Fabric-backed moulded parts

These parts are characterised in their composition by the assembly of at least two elements, sometimes more, allowing the following combinations:

  • rubber textile
  • rubber textile + metal
  • rubber textile + composite
  • rubber + PTFE or FEP coating


The choice of materials is determined by our laboratory as a function of the desired applications.

The criteria to be taken into account are:

  • the temperature
  • the abrasion
  • repeated bending
  • creep (compression set)
  • tear
  • the pressure of use (inflatable joints)
  • the fluids present

The elastomers used are generally of the type Silicone 50 D5 – 52 D5 – 53 D5.

As well as any other type of elastomer as a function of the environment (temperature, contact fluid, etc.) for example: fluorinated silicone, nitrile and neoprene.

If phosphoric esters are present, we recommend Ethylene Propylene.


  • tear resistance
  • fire resistance
  • liveliness
  • slip
  • abrasion

The families of textiles used are:

  • polyesters
  • glasses
  • Nomex®
  • Kevlar®
  • ceramics
  • conductors

We have referenced products available:

Polyesters: 2273L Liveliness
  2274M Abrasion
Glasses: 2254S thin Fabric High temperature 180°C
  2240B thick Fabric High Temperature 180°C
  2265D Braiding for fire proof barrier. Resistance 15 min. 1100°C
  2266E Thick fabric, fire proof barrier. Resistance 15 min. 1100°C
NOMEX®: 2250J Fire resistance up to 250°C
KEVLAR®: 2489S Fire resistance up to300°C, very high mechanical characteristics and flexibility maintained.
Ceramics: 2391Y Very good temperature resistance, 1200°C continuous exposure, low flexibility, limited mechanical strength.
Conductors: 2396D surface fabric enabling electrical conductivity, electromagnetic armour (EMI).

Other strengthening materials:

  • Metal (stainless steel, aluminium and lead for nuclear applications).
  • Composite (epoxy glass, epoxy carbon, the choice of material depends on the vulcanisation temperature).

NB: These fabrics may be used in combination; for example, an immersed fabric 2273L and a surface fabric 2274M.

The fabrics used are generally square fabrics (i.e. same number of warp and weft threads) but they may be supplied in the form of jersey or other weave.