Vibration dampening refers to a term used to define the need for reducing the amount of energy produced by a particular system. In most cases, this need is addressed at the source so that the disturbing element performs below its natural frequency to ensure that resonance doesn’t occur. However, there are cases when it becomes impossible to address the problem at its source. This is where vibration damping materials come into the picture. These high density materials help to remove the leftover energy and convert it into heat.
Importance of Vibration Dampening
Vibrations can be very damaging for your machine. If such issues are left unaddressed, you often end up with a damaged product. Moreover, vibrations make a lot of noise and can cause major safety problems. Other problems associated with ignoring vibrations include degradation of working conditions, poor product quality, increased production times and greater power consumption.
Where are Such Materials Used?
A Vibration damping material is commonly used in ergonomic, electronic and industrial applications where it is intended to reduce or eliminate the noise produced by vibrations. Some of the most common examples of the use of vibration dampening can be found in car navigation systems, mobile phones, computers, laptops, PDAs and automobiles.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Vibration Damper
There are several things that you need to consider when choosing a vibration damper.
• Fatigue Life: Fatigue refers to the failure under varying or repeated loads. A quality vibration damping material never reaches a level that is high enough to cause failure in singular applications.
• Damping Coefficient: Damping coefficient refers to a property which indicates whether the material will return energy to the system. For example, basketballs have low damping coefficients which ensure a proper bounce.
• Isolator Vs Damper: Isolation and damping are different approaches to managing vibrations. You need to determine the cause of the vibration and identify the frequency that needs to be dealt with. Isolators can reduce the frequency and stop it from penetrating your system. On the other hand, dampeners help to manage vibrations better and absorb the natural frequency.
• Temperature Range Stability: The best vibration dampening products have a wide temperature range stability that makes it ideal for use in an extreme application environment.
How Can Ecomass Help
Any decent vibration dampening solution must be soft and dense. Our experience at vibration dampening and expertise in the area allows us to create high density materials that not only suit your application requirements, but also ensure that you don’tneed to break your budget. Our technicians choose the right soft base resin and offer optimal filler control to ensure that the material fully satisfies your density and dampening requirements.