Dr. Hiles and The Development Of Sorbothane® 

March 28, 2016

In 1975 - materials scientist Dr. Maurice Hiles was working on the development of a synthetic material that could absorb harmful shock. Dr. Hiles embarked on a series of bold and fascinating human experiments. He had electrical probes surgically implanted into his own leg thus becoming a human test subject. These probes measured the effect that running and walking have on the human body. 


Terms to Know for Shock and Vibration Solutions 

February 25, 2016

Sorbothane is a material that has been used for a variety of shock and vibration solutions. The definitions in this post are essential for understanding how Sorbothane works and how it has helped a number of products and applications around the world.


What is the Sorbothane Engineering Design Guide? 

January 25, 2016

How can the Sorbothane Engineering Design Guide help engineers? This guide was developed to provide engineers with a practical, hands-on approach for designing components and products using Sorbothane® material. The guide provides detailed information about using Sorbothane material for shock and vibration solutions.


How to Choose the Correct Sorbothane® Durometer and Shape 

December 21, 2015

Durometer is a measurement of relative stiffness and is used to compare polymers. 
Sorbothane is softer than rubber and most other polymers. Sorbothane is measured on the Shore “00” scale. Most types of rubber and other polymers are specified using the Shore “A” or Shore “D” scales. In comparing stiffness, be aware of the scale being used for the material in question. The hardness comparison values listed are approximate and should only be used as a guide.


How to Select a Standard Sorbothane® Isolator 

November 30, 2015

Sorbothane, Inc. offers an extensive line of standard Sorbothane® parts. These parts are featured in the Standard Products Guide have been selected for their specific shock absorbing and vibration isolating applications.


What Types Of Materials Are Best For Shock Absorption? 

February 04, 2015

To understand what types of materials are best for shock absorption, one must understand shock, why shock absorption is important, and how shock energy is absorbed. What is shock? Shock is the effect on an object caused by the energy delivered to it by a force, usually an impact force, over a short time period. The effect of shock occurs when the energy of the impact is transferred from one individual or object to another. This wave of energy can cause injury or damage to the affected individuals or objects.


What Material Is Best for Damping? 

February 04, 2015

Damping is the reduction or elimination of the amplitude of an electrical or mechanical energy’s wave. In most cases, damping converts electrical or mechanical energy into thermal energy. In layman’s terms, damping reduces or eliminates vibrations, movement, or noise by converting the vibration, movement, or noise energy into heat. Because vibration, movement, and noise have adverse effects on equipment and individuals in an industrial environment, damping is used to increase the lifespan of equipment and/or improve the safety in an individual’s working environment.


What Material Can Store The Most Energy? 

February 04, 2015

Usually when we ask the question, “What material can store the most energy?” we’re attempting to find a material capable of absorbing energy. Energy absorption is important for applications in which the force transferred between two objects or between an object and an individual has the potential to damage or injure the objects or individuals. For example,

  • The force of energy returned from the asphalt on which he’s running can damage the joints in a runner’s legs.
  • The force of energy returned as recoil from a rifle shot can injure the marksman’s shoulder.
  • The force of energy experienced as shock from the impact with the ground can damage an expensive piece of equipment if dropped.

What is the Best Material to Reduce Vibration? 

February 04, 2015

Vibration can cause problems and damage in many industrial applications—heavy machinery, vehicles, equipment, and tools. The repeated metal-to-metal contact in heavy machinery, for example, has the potential to damage parts and expose workers to unsafe conditions. The vibration created by vehicle engines, buckets or blades, or by travel across uneven roadways potentially causes circulation problems, nerve damage, and back pain for workers using industrial equipment. Extremely high-pressure vibrations created by pneumatic hand tools can cause serious nerve and circulatory damage with prolonged use. It becomes important, therefore, to determine the best way to reduce vibrations in the work environment to protect your equipment, workforce, and ultimately, your profit margin.


What is the Best Anti-Vibration Material? 

February 04, 2015

According to the seminal article by J C Snowdon in a 1958 issue of British Journal of Applied Physics, a good anti-vibration material “should possess a high damping factor which does not increase greatly with frequency, and secondly, that [sic] it should be free from any major increase in dynamic modulus with frequency.” What makes the best anti-vibration material today based on this assertion? Sorbothane®.

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