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Producers of vibration isolation components can transform the design and performance of their products by using Transfinity elastomer composites, creating significantly longer lasting and/or smaller, lightweight parts for use in automotive, aerospace, rail, marine and other industrial markets (e.g. wind energy). Transfinity materials can be incorporated into components that support vibrating equipment, suppress vibrational noise or transmit dynamic power loads. Some examples of potential applications include engine mounts, suspension bushings or torque restrictors.
New level of performance in fatigue life
Natural rubber parts made with Transfinity materials deliver significant improvements in fatigue life. These improvements are enabled by a liquid phase mixing process which incorporates carbon black directly into natural rubber latex. This liquid phase mixing preserves the elastic properties of natural rubber and achieves superior dispersion of the carbon black within the polymer, creating virtually "defect free" composites that are stronger than those produced by conventional dry mixing of carbon black and dry natural rubber. The superior dispersion of carbon black and the preservation of rubber elasticity delay the onset of crack initiation and slow crack propagation, giving a significant improvement in overall fatigue life.
Design smaller, lightweight parts
Part designers can take advantage of the improved fatigue life of Transfinity composites to design smaller, lightweight parts. Because they are stronger, Transfinity materials can be subjected to higher stresses, allowing a reduction in the mass of elastomer and enabling design of smaller rubber/metal bonded parts.