Characterization of elastomers and elastomeric composites using ultrasound

Subash Jayaraman, Jonathan Dick, Timothy Craychee, Jikai Du, Bernhard Tittmann

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The knowledge of elastic properties of the various types of rubber is significant for many commercial and academic applications. A sample set consisting of generic elastomeric compounds was studied using non-destructive non-contact ultrasonic techniques. The longitudinal sound wave velocities in the sample and wave amplitude attenuation in the sample were measured using the Second Wave Inc. Non-Contact Analyzer 1000 (NCA1000). The Contact method was then used to corroborate the results obtained. A rule-of-mixture model was used to compare the velocity values obtained by the non-contact technique. The preliminary results suggest that the differences in attenuation are driven by polymer type and also to a lesser extent by the loading level of carbon black fillers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-103
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Volume733 E
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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