is a waterless, odorless & inert Dimethyl polysiloxane having viscosity ranging from 0.65 centistokes to 1, 00,000 centistokes. It exhibits little change in physical properties over a wide temperature span and has a comparatively flat viscosity temperature grade and service capability from 40 to over 900 F. Silicone oil is excellent water repellent and has a good dielectric property over a extensive series of temperature and frequencies. It also exhibits properties of low toxicity, heat stability, oxidation résistance, very low vapor pressure.
Depending on its properties this oil can be divided as different functionalities like antiperspirant in cosmetic product, antifoaming agent for distillation and fermentation in industrial applications and as automobile cooling fan clutch assembles before electric fan cooler is introduced. Now this oil is being used in medical industry for vitreoretinal surgery because they have the ability to displace aqueous humor from the retinal surface, maintaining the adhesion between retina and retinal pigment epithelium. Silicon oil is used as freezer dryers and refrigerants and as working fluid in dashpots.
Owing to benefits it is one of the tamponade agents used throughout the treatment for retinal detachment. This tamponade is mainly beneficial when retinal traction cannot be entirely released and for patients who are incapable to preserve the head arranging essential for a gas tamponade of the retina.
Asia-Pacific (APAC) is the leading market for silicone oil with china leading the charge in 2015 and is forecast to have highest growth in the next few years due to growing adoption of silicone oil in automobile and medical applications. Asia-Pacific
silicone oil market
accounts to XX% of the global market for silicone oil and is the fastest growing market followed by North America. North America and APAC are projected to occupy a share of more than XX% in 2015.