Elastomers in Sport

28 Jun 2019

Organised by the IOM3 Rubber in Engineering Group

The afternoon technical discussion meeting (ATDM) will examine how elastomer materials can be effectively utilised in sporting applications. 

Start time 13:30pm 

Welcome & Introduction - Prof James Busfield, Chair, RIEG

Graphene-enhanced elastomer composites for sports applications
Dr. Maria Iliut,1,2 Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan1
1University of Manchester; 2Grafine Ltd

This talk will present developments in graphene-enhanced elastomer composites and their applications in the sports sector. The incorporation of graphene into the elastomers enhances their properties which can bring significant performance improvements and has led to the establishment of a spin-out company, Grafine Ltd., which will develop new products and technologies, including in the sports sector, to harness these advanced elastomeric materials.

Testing of elastomer properties for use in sports footwear 
Hannah Boughey, SATRA Technology

Independent research and testing organisation, SATRA Technology, to give an overview into the desirable properties and relevant testing of elastomers used in the footwear industry. This will cover physical testing on the compound, as well as testing developed for whole footwear.

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.

Rubber modelling for athletics track optimisation
Luca Andena, Politcnico di Milano

Starting from a mechanical characterisation performed on laboratory samples, a 3D finite element model of athletics tracks has been developed to predict their performance under dynamic loading conditions and accordingly optimise their structure.


Venue and booking

Event Location: 
297 Euston Road
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Dr Matthew Thornton (Haydale Composite Solutions)

email: matthew.thornton@haydalecs.com  


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