What Material Can Store The Most Energy?

February 04, 2015

Why Is a Material That Can Store Energy Important?

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.

Finding a material that can store or absorb the most energy would protect the runner, the marksman, or the expensive piece of equipment from injury and damage in these examples.

What Properties Are Important in an Energy-Absorbing Material?

To choose a material that can store the most energy, consider its shock absorption capacity. How much of the energy does the material absorb? For what range of frequencies does it perform? How long can it sustain its energy-absorption properties? Is the shape or size compromised over time? What happens to the absorbed energy? Is the absorption capacity dependent on environmental conditions? In what range of temperatures does it perform? Is the material affected by industrial conditions or vulnerable to fire?

What Material Can Store the Most Energy?

Sorbothane® has been recognized as the highest performance, energy-absorbing material since 1982 and is recognized as the industry standard. Consider Sorbothane’s unique properties:

  • A high tan delta value or damping coefficient.
  • Absorbs more than 94% of shock energy.
  • Absorbs more than 50% of vibration energy.
  • Converts absorbed energy into a small amount of heat.
  • Performs within frequencies from 10 to 30,000 Hertz.
  • Weather resistant and operates in temperatures from –20° to 160° Fahrenheit (–29° to 72° Celsius).
  • Performs without degradation for millions of cycles.
  • Can be fabricated to nearly any size or shape and will not lose its size or shape over its operating lifespan.
  • Shelf-stable and resistant to fire, chemical solvents, and environmental conditions in nearly every industrial environment.

What makes Sorbothane the best energy-absorption material are its combination of shock absorption, vibration isolation, and vibration damping properties with its strong, long-term performance in nearly any environment or for any application.

What Is Sorbothane?

Sorbothane is an extremely durable, visco-elastic material engineered from a proprietary, polyether-based polyurethane formula. It was developed specifically as an energy-absorbing material to act as a liquid under load and as an elastic solid at rest. It can be fabricated to any specifications for shape, thickness, size, and color. Sorbothane is the industry standard energy-absorbing material because it outperforms and outlasts every other energy-absorbing materials available.

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