Good Vibration Damping Material
What makes a good vibration damping material? There are a number of qualities that a material must possess to be considered “good”. For instance, does it reduce all vibration or does it only reduce the vibration that is deemed harmful? In some applications, some vibration is not only expected but is actually necessary for the normal operation. Will the material work the same way under a variety of situations and circumstances? Some machines are set in place and perform the same way, day in and day out, until they are replaced because they are broken down, worn out or just outdated. Others are taken into a wide variety of situations. For instance, cameras mounted on airplanes or space craft must go through a range of speeds, wind and atmospheric changes and temperature changes. Vibration damping material used for these cameras must be able to perform in all of these instances without fail and without changing the performance of the camera.
A good vibration damping material should perform as expected without drawing attention to itself. If the material is always the source of breakdown or failure, it is time to consider replacing it. This is especially true in situations where temperature extremes can make repairs or replacing parts even more dangerous and uncomfortable. Sorbothane is used in a number of these situations for the very fact that it is adaptable, customizable and better able to handle temperature fluctuations than other types of more rigid materials. Because it can also flow, it is able to be used in smaller, more delicate operations than other, firmer material would be. It is flexible and can be made to be as thick or thin as is needed for the exact use at hand. There is a wide range of current applications, but Sorbothane can also be fully custom made to your own specifications as needed.