Elastomers in Transport
Organised by the IOM3 Rubber in Engineering Group
This Afternoon Technical Discussion Meeting (ATDM) explored the role of elastomers in transportation.
The following speakers presented:
Rubber Anti-vibration Mounting Solutions on Off Highway Vehicles by Steve Sewell (Trelleborg AVS)
This talk considered anti-vibration mounting systems used on an off-highway vehicle (digger), and compareed the predicted against the measured performance.
Rubber Anti-vibration Mounting Solutions for Electric Vehicles by Rob Wardrop (DTR VMS)
This paper discussed some of the challenges posed for the modelling, mount design and environmental aspects for electric vehicle power-trains compared to the requirements of conventional internal combustion engine vehicles.
Selection and Evaluation of Materials to Meet Requirements of Modern Rail Fire Regulations by Joseph Hallett (Fenner Precision)
Tougher transport regulations, especially relating to passenger safety, coupled with increasing demands from end users, have led to more complex requirements for elastomers in transport applications. In this paper the development of a silicone rubber composite designed to meet these requirements was described.
Intrinsically tuning the electromechanical properties of elastomeric dielectrics by Chaoying Wan (Warwick University)
Dielectric elastomer devices are an emerging technology for actuation and energy harvesting and storage in future lightweight electrical vehicles. However, the dielectric properties of elastomers such as dielectric permittivity and breakdown strength need to be improved before they are more widely adopted. To effect this poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene) elastomer has been modified by grafting with polar groups via a facile thiol-ene click chemistry. The resulting improvement to the dielectric and mechanical properties of the elastomers were discussed.
Developing Low Carbon Mobility Technology by Simon Buckingham (WMG Centre HVM Catapult)
WMG is a department of the University of Warwick and one of the founding partners in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. This presentation gave an overview of our specialist research in areas including: lightweighting, energy storage and management, advanced propulsion, intelligent vehicles and digital manufacturing.
At 4pm after the talks have finished there was a 1 hour tour of the WMG facilities relevant to the materials sectors.
Registration was free as a consequence of the generous sponsorship from ARTIS.