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Recent material developments

Elastomeric innovation for industry: materials and manufacturing for the future

Martin’s Rubber keeps a careful eye on various industries and raw material producers to identify new developments in the fields of polymer technology and manufacturing techniques.

Some of our recent materials development projects are as follows:

Nanomaterials

Martin’s Rubber is exploring the benefits of utilising modern-day nanomaterials, such as plasma functionalised multi-wall carbon nanotubes and graphene Graphenenanoplatelets.

Through use of these functionalised nanomaterials we have improved the damping in dynamic conditions on a bespoke formulation. The optimised compound is also lighter, shows improved strength and elongation all whilst maintaining compression set resistance. Download our recent study results on the panel at the right hand side of the page; our study was carried out in conjunction with Haydale Ltd using their HDPlas™ functionalised multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) in conjunction with an HNBR to find out some of the specific benefits already uncovered.

These lighter, stronger materials with improved damping characteristics can be used to benefit a wide variety of applications.

Martin’s Rubber is also investigating the use of other 2D nanomaterials for enhanced thermal conductivity, and retained electrical insulation. This technology can be used to dissipate heat in electrical systems.

Recent material developments

FRlite®

FRlite® is an innovative silicone that uses novel compositions and syntactic technology to reduce part weight by an unprecedented 25%. FRLite Load deflection results.

Unlike closed cell porous sponge materials, this material utilises a self-reinforcing porous structure to reduce the density, without compromising on the characteristics of solid rubber. The porous structure resists collapse, so load is transferred through the bulk of the elastomeric material as with conventional solid rubber. This lighter material retains the load-deflection and compression characteristics of solid rubber, providing the opportunity to utilise shape factor for engineering solutions.

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