A Good Vibration Damper Material

Good vibration damping material controls amplitude and frequency.

    • Vibration is an oscillating energy source. It consists of forces of defined frequencies that occur with a cyclical repetition.
    • When an object or person is impacted by this oscillating energy, a transfer of this energy occurs at the point impact. This results in the phenomenon termed vibration—the familiar back-and-forth or up-and-down motion.
    • Vibration energy waves demonstrate the well-known wave properties—amplitude and frequency. These refer to the strength and number of energy cycles per unit time, respectively. It is essential that both characteristics be controlled—utilizing a good vibration damper material.
    • High amplitude vibration waves result in stronger, more forceful, more damaging impacts. A good vibration damper material will effectively absorb and dissipate this energy. Sorbothane® is the best material for accomplishing this.
    • Frequency must also be kept in check. Frequencies of different wavelengths affect substances in different ways. All materials, or combinations of materials, possess a natural frequency—also known as a resonance frequency. A substance will resonate when impacted by a vibration energy possessing a frequency that matches the resonance frequency of the substance. In this situation, the vibration energy waves build—each on top of the former—resulting in a vibration wave of ever increasing amplitude. Consequently, low level vibration increases in strength by feeding on the lower level of energy being supplied. Sorbothane, a good vibration damper material, allows you to avoid harmful resonance frequencies.

Explore vibration problems and damper solutions.

    • Vibration can damage machinery and harm employees. It can also cause the destruction of susceptible production materials and products on the factory floor or during the shipping process. Repeated metal on metal contact, inherent in the design of industrial machines, causes vibration that results in parts damage and worker exposure. Heavy equipment operators and tractor trailer drivers are exposed to vibration transmitted through the vehicle seat. Intense vibration exposure can result from the use of pneumatic hand tools, such as jack hammers. The vibration from machinery, hand tools, and heavy equipment causes damage to nerves, problems with circulation, and adverse orthopedic conditions.
    • Outside of the work environment, vibration is responsible for damage to appliances, sound system components, and computer and other electronic devices.
    • To address vibration-related problems—you need to identify a good vibration damper material. Sorbothane is the best available product for damping vibration energy.

What is Sorbothane, and how does it dampen vibration energy?

    • The polymer, Sorbothane, a substance that is viscoelastic in nature, displays characteristics attributable to liquids, along with those attributable to solids.
    • When Sorbothane is impacted by vibration, it flows as a liquid.
    • In the manner of an elastic solid, once the vibration source is removed, it goes back to its original shape.
    • The vibration energy that is absorbed by Sorbothane is safely dissipated—outward from the vibration impact source.
    • What’s the best method for damping vibration? Incorporate Sorbothane into your machinery, equipment, and tools, as well as your product designs—for the most effective vibration damping available.

Use Sorbothane damping products.

Sorbothane creates products that effectively dampen vibration. This product line contains: Mounting Hemispheres, Bushings, Washers, Silent Feet, Bumpers, Stops, and Sorbothane Strips and Sheet Stock. The fact that Sorbothane can be cast in any thickness, size, or shape, makes it perfect for incorporation into your product design.

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