Introduction to Shock Absorption, Impact & Viscoelastic Materials

Learn how Sorbothane can be used to absorb shock, isolate vibration and damp unwanted noise to avoid the damaging effects of shock and impact.

The term “shock” is used to describe matter subjected to force with respect to time, while an impact is an extreme force or shock applied over a short period of time. The effects of either can be damaging to an object or a single element of that object.

However, with the help of a viscoelastic material, which exhibits both liquid and solid characteristics when under load, the impact can be absorbed. Sorbothane® can decelerate parts and reduce peak forces with impact absorption up to 80% at proper dynamic deflections. Learn more about Sorbothane and its ability to attenuate shock.