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(2) C-RAM GDX/PPGA .030" x 12" x 12" "Pressure Sensitive Adhesive"

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C-RAM GDX/PPGA .030" x 12" x 12" "Pressure Sensitive Adhesive"

Product Description

C-RAM GDX is a thin, magnetically filled rubber sheet stock which has high loss at microwave frequencies from 1 to 18 GHz. It is applied to metal surfaces to attenuate RF surface currents. It can be used to modify antenna patterns, lower the Q of a cavity, act as a transmission line attenuator, and modify the radar cross section of targets.

C-RAM GDX is thin and elastomeric, so it will conform to curvatures of the substrate. It is not electrically conductive, and has high dielectric strength. It is a soft material and is readily die-cut or cut with a razor. Being based on a silicone rubber, it will withstand wide temperature ranges, and survive outdoor exposure.

C-RAM GDX has a high magnetic loss tangent from 1 GHz to 18 GHz. Thicker grades are required to attenuate at lower frequencies to obtain the same performance as a thinner grade at higher frequencies.

C-RAM GDX is available in silicone or urethane elastomers.  Please refer to Technical Bulletin No. 310-1 for properties and benefits of each type of elastomer.

Color: Grey
Flammability: non-flammable    
Thickness and weight (3 grades):
    0.75 mm (.030”) ---  2.3 kg/m2 (0.47 lb/ft2)
    1.52 mm (.060”) ---  4.6 kg/m2 (0.95 lb/ft2)
    3.18 mm (.125”) ---  9.6 kg/m2 (1.98 lb/ft2)
Service temperature:  
    Silicone    -50 to +200oC (-65 to +400oF)
    Urethane    -62 to +135oC (-80 to +275oF)        
Hardness, Shore A: 80

Thermal Conductivity: 0.002 cal-cm/sec-cm2-oC
Volume Resistivity: >1011 ohm-cm
Dielectric strength: 10 kv/mm (250 v/mil)


C-RAM GDX can be supplied with a pressure sensitive adhesive (PPGA). This will provide an excellent bond in many applications, particularly when one is bonding several smaller pieces. Simply peel off the backing, stick the part to a primed surface, and apply heat with a heat gun for 1-2 minutes to effect a good bond.
An alternative method of applying C-RAM GDX to a substrate is with a silicone RTV adhesive.  For best results, the metal should be scuffed with sandpaper, wiped with alcohol to remove dust and grease, and have a silicone primer applied, such as C-PRIME 215.

The silicone adhesive, such as C-BOND 255 or equivalent, is brushed or rolled onto one of the surfaces, and the sheet is then applied to the metal. An overnight cure is generally required, and a modest temperature cycle, such as a few hours at 150 F, helps the bond.


C-RAM GDX is available in three standard thicknesses-- .030”, .060”, and .125”.  

Standard dimensions for all thicknesses are flat sheets 300 x 300 mm (12 x 12 in), in the nominal thickness for the particular grade. Specify the part as: C-RAM GDSS XXX x12x12   (GDSS silicone absorber with no adhesive) where xxx is the nominal thickness in inches (030, 060,125), and include the dimensions.

We can supply other dimensions, and can die-cut or water jet cut parts to your drawings.

C-RAM GDX can also be supplied with a peel-and-stick pressure sensitive adhesive backing. Specify the part as: C-RAM GDSS/PPGA XXX x12x12 (GDSS silicone absorber with PSA Adhesive backing).

The information in this technical bulletin, although believed to be accurate, is not to be taken as a warranty for which Cuming Microwave assumes legal responsibility, nor as permission or recommendation to practice any patented invention without license.   It is offered for verification by the customer, who must make the final judgment of suitability for any application.

Document Control No. N-06-000-501842-4

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