A-A-59163 silicone rubber self-fusing tape is a special formulation of high-technology polysiloxanes. This tape is non-flammable, self-extinguishing and binds only to itself without any adhesive. Forms an excellent seal that is weather/water/air-tight when wrapped around electrical connections and connectors, cable and wiring splices, hydraulic hose protection sleeves, duct joints and other electro-mechanical devices. Also used for medical purposes - such as wrapping field splints and wounds as the tape applies tension/pressure to wound dressings and pads without sticking to flesh and hair (tape is not sterile).
The special silicone rubber formulation of this tape self-fuses (self-amalgamating) when stretched and over-wrapped. Completely flexible at cold temperatures and can be used to +500ºF / +260ºC continuous exposure. 59163 tape does not support combustion and resists heat, flame, welding splatter, molten metals, solder drips, slag, sparks, Ozone, UV light and contamination.
Can be wrapped over oily or wet surfaces and is an excellent emergency repair tape for hoses and pipes. Used extensively in aviation, marine and industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul operations.
Easy & Clean to Use A-A-59163 silicone rubber tape incorporates a blue marking stripe along its center, making it easy to over-wrap at 50% when taping long lengths. The triangular profile of the tape (thickest in the centre and reducing thickness towards each edge) ensures a smooth finish to the installation with minimum ridging. Easy to remove with a sharp blade while curing or when completely cured and does not leave a gummy or sticky residue the way pressure sensitive adhesive tapes such as standard vinyl electrical tapes or duct tapes do.
1/2" to 1 1/2" wide are stock, other widths available
How to Use & Install Tape Lift off the end of the tape from its backing film and then hold the free end onto what the tape is being installed on. With your other hand which is holding the remainder of the tape roll, moderately pull or stretch the tape while over-lapping the wrap. The stretching action activates the special formulation of silicone rubber with the result of the tape self-binding / self-fusing to itself.
Highly Resistant to Harsh Environments A-A-59163 silicone rubber tape resists fuels, oils, acids, solvents, UV, Ozone, high-heat, flame exposure, molten metal splashes, slag, solder drips & sparks. The proprietary silicone formulation provides optimal thermal dispersion (high thermal conductivity).
Fusing / Bonding Time A-A-59163 silicone rubber tape when over-wrapped under tension adheres to itself and fuses, forming a solid protective shield in 24 hours at room temperature or in just 4 hours at +356ºF / +180ºC. The tape starts to self-fuse / self-bond as it is used, and can be re-seated if necessary only within a few seconds of over-wrapping. After just a minute or two it is usually necessary to remove the tape with a knife or scissors.
Many Practical Uses A-A-59163 silicone rubber tape makes for easy hose and cable bundling, replacing tie-wraps. Excellent for fixing leaks in piping and hoses. Makes a good emergency fan belt. Provides excellent weather protection for outdoor electrical and electronic connections. Great as a first-aid tape to hold splints & bandages in place.
A-A-59163 and MIL-I-46852 Type I and Type II High Temperature Super Stretch Self-Fusing Silicone Rubber Tape for Aviation, Automotive, Marine, Industrial & Electrical Use. Non-flammable & self-extinguishing.
Specs & Part Numbers
A-A-59163 tape can be certified to the following specifications:
· A-A-59163 & MIL-I-46852C, · Underwriters Laboratories Inc UL-510 · Boeing DMS2186 Type I & II
· Lockheed Martin MMS J517 & 5-00857 · Safe Flight 59562-5 · Systems & Electronics Inc ES7889
· McDonnell Douglas Helicopter HS5215 · General Dynamics P5384 Type II, · General Electric A50A493 / A50E112 / P5384
· Rohr RMS315 · FAR 25.853 · CSA 22.2
· Premier Farnell Corp 810112 · 83586 · CTB-15
· 608036-1 · P36728 · TYT-200
Applicable NSN / NATO / OTAN Numbers:
5970-00-082-3226, 5970-00-177-1627, 5970-00-446-3928, 5970-00-446-8928, 5970-00-480-1329, 5970-00-782-5056, 5970-00-839-0824, 5970-00-841-1172,
5970-00-949-4846, 5970-00-955-9976, 5970-01-140-5672, 5970-01-142-8454, 5970-01-147-3595, 5970-01-250-8756, 5970-01-259-5830, 5970-01-263-0373,
5970-01-263-3931, 5970-01-273-6030, 5970-01-276-5277, 5970-01-286-7456, 5970-01-342-8289, 5970-01-396-1601, 5970-01-432-6018, 5970-01-491-8992,
5970-01-495-5211, 5970-01-541-9092, 9320-01-552-7024, 5970-01-560-3208, 5970-01-600-6091, 8030-01-587-1885, 5970-14-459-8605
Which Tape Do I Want? Rectangular Profile (type I) or Triangular Profile (type II)? Type I rectangular tape is the same thickness across the entire tape forms. Type II triangular profile tape is thickest in the center and thinner toward the edges, and is specifically designed for electrical wiring & cable splicing and protection, as the exposed ridges are very small, making the tape wrap almost smooth. This makes it very easy to pull the wire or cable through openings or tight areas without snagging or binding. Type II tape is also easier to wrap on curved objects and around elbows, adapters and "T"s.
Our most popular and easiest to use tape is the Type II Triangular profile tape in Oxide-Red or Black color.
· Equivalent to tapes with the following part numbers:
56756, 57063, 57090, 50005, 50006,
57161, 50022, 50039, 57806, 612-1, 615-.75, 615-1, 620-.5, 620-.75, 620-1, 620-1.25, 630-.5, 630-1,
50014, 50215, 50361, 53304, 50573,
56517, 56265, 600R and 600T levelwrap series; 602-1, 603-1, 604-1, 604-1.25, 605-1.25,
605-1.5, 606-1.5, 605-1, 606-1, 607-1