Vibrations occur in almost every situation. The simple act of walking can create significant vibrations – witness the resounding echoes of footfalls, for example. While vibrations are certainly a part of everyday life, they can be unwanted. Mover, in many instances, they can be harmful or can compromise the operation of equipment. In these instances, an anti-vibration pad can be utilized to reduce vibrations, or even eliminate them entirely.
Materials used to construct these pads have been around for years. For instance, both natural and synthetic rubber have been used in the construction of anti-vibration pad models. In addition, silicone and several other materials can be used. However, none of these materials is really ideal, as they all have an Achilles heel of some sort. For instance, some materials for anti-vibration pad construction have a very limited temperature range in which operation occurs optimally. Others have a high creep rate. Still others have a limited lifespan and must be replaced on a regular basis. However, there is a material that outperforms all of the others – Sorbothane.
What is Sorbothane and how can it eclipse other materials in anti-vibration pad construction? To answer that question, let’s dig a bit deeper into what this material is, and how it performs. First, Sorbothane is a viscoelastic polymer blend, which exhibits the characteristics of both solid and liquid dampening materials. It offers good shock absorption, vibration dampening, vibration isolation and good memory. These characteristics are not found together in most other vibration dampening materials, which makes Sorbothane an excellent choice for almost any application where the elimination of unwanted vibration is necessary.
What sorts of applications can Sorbothane be put to? Obviously, it can work very well in anti-vibration pad construction. Moreover, it is an ideal solution for many different scales, from minute to very large, and can be used in almost any industry where anti-vibration pads are required, from electronics to the medical industry, from orthopedics to gasket sealing in engines and transmission. Thanks to its unique properties, and considerable temperature range of operation, Sorbothane can absorb up to 94% of vibrations and shock within a system, which far outstrips even the most advanced of other materials within the industry. As you can see, Sorbothane is the ideal material for anti-vibration pad construction, and can ensure optimum operation in any type of system.
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