24/05/2012

Elastomer

Elastomer structure

An elastomer is an amorphous polymer which becomes rubber, with dedicated properties, once vulcanized. With variations in type and amount of components used in its formulation, the resulting rubber is capable of large reversible deformations (elastic property), energy dissipation (viscoelastic property), thermal protection (low thermal conductivity property), and subsequently is able to work under various environmental conditions (temperature, contact with chemicals, …).

 

Elastomer properties

As the rubber strength is relatively high, especially in shear and compression, this makes possible utilization for a myriad of applications. Large flexibility, sealing, or shock absorption are the main properties required for using rubber in the offshore activity.