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Abstract

Elastomeric materials are widely used for vibration isolation and shock absorption applications because of their inherent molecular damping characteristics and their ability to recover from large deformations. An understanding of the dynamic mechanical behaviour of a given rubber is essential, therefore, if a satisfactory design for a particular component is to be made. The results obtained during dynamic testing, whether in shear or compression (the most common modes of deformation found in service), are functions of the test conditions applied, the way the test pieces were prepared and the characteristics of the testing equipment. The aim of this interlaboratory comparison programme was to determine the level of agreement achievable when laboratories perform the same test on rubber specimens manufactured under identical conditions. Furthermore, an attempt was made to identify, where possible, the relative importance of the various aspects of the testing process and of the equipment used, in contributing to the differences observed.

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Authors: HAWLEY S, Rapra Technology Ltd., Shawbury, Shrewsbury (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13360 EN (1991) 133 pp., MF, ECU 8, blow-up copy ECU 17.50
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Record Number: 199110461 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en