Elastomers in Sport
Organised by the IOM3 Rubber in Engineering Group
The afternoon technical discussion meeting (ATDM) will examine how elastomer materials can be effectively utilisied in sporting applications.
Start time 13:30pm
Introduction - Prof James Busfield
Graphene-enhanced elastomer composites for sports applications
Dr. Maria Iliut,1,2 Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan1
1University of Manchester; 2Grafine Ltd.
This talk will present the developments in graphene-enhanced elastomer composites at the Nanofunctional Materials Group, and their applications in the sports sector. Elastomers such as natural and synthetic rubbers, polyurethane, EVA foams, etc. are widely used in both sportswear and sporting goods. The incorporation of graphene into these elastomers enhances their various properties such as tensile and tear strength, abrasion resistance, thermal conductivity, etc. which can bring significant performance improvements. One such example is the graphene-enhanced outsole rubber that has been developed for Inov-8 Ltd., which improves strength and durability to gives a long-lasting, high-grip outsole. A new range of graphene-enhanced rubber-outsole shoes was launched in July 2018. The developments in graphene-enhanced elastomers has now led to the establishment of a new spin-out company, Grafine Ltd., which will develop new products and technologies including in the sports sector, to harness these advanced composite materials.
Carbon Nanotubes for Improved Performance in Motorsport
Izaak Watson, Martins Rubber Company
Using principles of Bundorf analysis to demonstrate performance benefits of functionalised carbon nanotube filled rubber in steering and vibration control on high-performance motorsport vehicles.
Other speakers are still to be confirmed. If you are interested in presenting at this event then please contact Dr Matthew Thornton.
Venue and booking
Dr Matthew Thornton (Haydale Composite Solutions)