Elastomers in Sport
Organised by the IOM3 Rubber in Engineering Group
The afternoon technical discussion meeting (ATDM) examined 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 (PDF 3.7MB)
Dr. Maria Iliut,1,2 Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan1
1University of Manchester; 2Grafine Ltd
This talk presented 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 is developing new products and technologies, including in the sports sector, to harness these advanced elastomeric materials.
Testing of elastomer properties for use in sports footwear (PDF 1.2MB)
Hannah Boughey, SATRA Technology
Independent research and testing organisation, SATRA Technology, gave an overview into the desirable properties and relevant testing of elastomers used in the footwear industry. This covered physical testing on the compound, as well as testing developed for whole footwear.
Carbon nanotubes for improved performance in motorsport (PDF 0.9MB)
Izaak Watson, Martins Rubber Company
This talk explored how to use the principles of Bundorf analysis to demonstrate performance benefits of functionalised carbon nanotube filled rubber in steering and vibration control on high-performance motorsport vehicles.
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
Dr Matthew Thornton (Haydale Composite Solutions)