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Making Sense of Your Options in Vibration Dampeners

February 02, 2015

A wide range of different equipment produces vibrations, from automobiles to scientific equipment. In fact, anything with moving parts, regardless of the scale of that equipment, can suffer from vibrations. It is essential that you find the right options for vibration dampeners if this is the case. If vibration is left untended, it can cause numerous problems, from causing an uncomfortable riding experience in a car to skewing the results of medical examinations.

What sort of options are available in vibration dampeners, though? Actually, there are numerous products on the market that can provide some help with reducing vibrations. For a very long time, rubber grommets, pads and isolating pieces have been used. If the equipment in question is large, then hydraulic dampening systems can offer some significant benefits – an excellent example of this is the modern strut assembly on automobiles. However, for applications where hydraulic operation is not optimal, rubber and similar materials have traditionally comprised the range of options in vibration dampeners.

However, rubber might not be the best possible solution. Natural rubber, no matter how resilient, wears out quickly, particularly in high friction environments. Therefore, another option needs to be sought if you need vibration dampeners. One of the leading options on the market is Sorbothane, which is a proprietary formulation of visco-elastic polymers. This material offers some interesting benefits, and combines the characteristics of both liquid solutions and elastic solid materials. Sorbothane has a lower creep rate than rubber (or even neoprene and silicone). It also offers a higher dampening coefficient over a greater temperature range.

If you require vibration dampeners, then Sorbothane can provide you with additional benefits, as well. For example, it offers shock efficiency into the millions of cycles, unlike traditional foam products, or even hydraulic shock absorbers. It also offers better tensile strength, better compressive stress resilience and better tear strength than traditional materials. Finally, Sorbothane also negates the need to use metal springs to return equipment to its starting (or equilibrium) position after a shock is experienced.

Sorbothane is the best material for almost any type of vibration dampener, and can ensure that harmful vibrations are reduced by a considerable amount, far more than other materials available on the market today. With better transmissibility, a greater percent deflection in normalized loads and considerably greater durability, this material offers some significant advantages for all needs.

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