The first part of the book reviews factors determining ageing behaviour such as heat, corrosive environments, wear and cracking. It also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of current service prediction models. The second part of the book focuses on analysing and improving the design and service life of particular applications such as O-rings, bearings, springs and valves.
With its distinguished editor and team of contributors, Elastomers and components: service life prediction; progress and challenges is an invaluable reference for engineers involved in the design and use of elastomers.
- Looks at the wealth of research on understanding fatigue and failure in elastomers- Discusses the strengths and weaknesses of current service prediction models- An invaluable reference for engineers
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A review; Parameter dependence of the fatigue life of elastomers; Strain energy release rates for some classical rubber test pieces by finite element analysis; Heuristic approach for approximating energy release rates of small cracks under finite strain multiaxial loading; Abrasive wear of elastomers. Part 2 Specific geometries and application issues: Life prediction of o-rings used to seal gases; Stress induced phenomena in elastomers and their influence on design and performance of o-rings; Magnetorheological devices; Selection of elastomers for a synthetic heart valve; Using FEA techniques to predict fatigue failures in elastomers; Fatigue life investigation in the design process of metacone rubber springs; Fracture of rubber-steel laminated bearings.