Importance of Compression Testing

Importance of Compression Testing: Metallic & Semi-Metallic Gaskets

There are various different ways to determine the functionality of a gasket. However, compression testing is one of the most common ways to see how heavy a load a gasket can take. Therefore, we have put together a few reasons for the importance of compression testing prior to application.

Compression Testing Importance

Compression Testing Before Production Guarantees Performance

One reason for the importance of compression testing is that it guarantees performance. There are many design options to help ensure the level of performance that you want in your gasket project. However, the best way is to actually test a sample.

Putting a gasket through a compression test will let you know how effective the design is. In addition, it will let you know if it will work for your application.

Compression Testing Can Save You Money and Time in the Long Run

Another reason for the importance of compression testing a sample gasket is that it can save you money, time and frustration. As one can imagine, it can be expensive to create an entire run of gaskets and then realize they simply don’t work.

Taking the time to compression test can take a bit longer at the beginning of the process. However, it can save you the time it will take in redesign and re-manufacturing if your sample doesn’t meet your standards.

Compression Testing is an Easy Test

Placing a gasket in the hot compression test cycle will determine how much compression a gasket can take. This means that a gasket will receive exposure to not only pressure, but increasing heat — sometimes over 600 degrees — over time.

Evaluation of the test results will help determine at what level the gasket will fail. Therefore, this will give you the best information on your gasket.


These are just a few reasons for the importance of compression testing. Want to learn more about compression testing? Contact Bryan Hose & Gasket with the link below to discuss any and all your gasket needs!

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