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Metal Bonded Components

Metal Bonded Components Rubber to metal bonding is defined as a process covering a number of interdependent processes, in which rubber is adhered to metal substrate. Today, various factors concerning environment have an impact on all aspects of commerce and industry. Rubber to metal bonding is no exception and the process is undergoing changes to reflect these concerns. Because of the several parts used today consisting of bonded rubber to metal, there are various custom shops who specialize in the manufacturing of these parts and they work with customers from the design level through production.

The Rubber Bonding Process
The rubber can be molded to a metal piece. It can also be adhered to a metal piece.
The rubber to metal bonding process involves three elements:

Any type of rubber can be used but usually the selection of the polymer base and its related compound depends on the product specification. The condition is that the rubber should easily flow into the mold without developing a significant level of cross-linking, and thereby a bond can be created using any rubber compound. It is also advised to avoid substances that will bleed rapidly to the surface of the uncured stock. Before the molding takes place, the metal is made completely free from rust and other impurities by degreasing, sandblasting or shot blasting. The bonding agents comprises polymer/solvent solutions, having a primer coat related to phenolic-style resins and a topcoat of polymers and other materials. Usually the solutions used are patented. The substrate used depends on the strength and durability requirements of the application.

The Rubber Bonding Process

Science Behind the Rubber to Metal Bonding Process

The science behind this process is very complex as well as varied. Often the type of rubber or polymer used depends on what type of metal is used and the part that is to be manufactured. Determining the appropriate bonding agent is very important. The selection process depends on three factors: Originally, the metal used was steel in all its forms and grades. Steel is still in use but increasing use is also made of aluminum alloys and polyamides. Any material can be bonded to rubber, the only condition is that that it can bear the heat and pressures of the rubber molding process. However, the results of bonding rubber to alloys, like brass, bronze depend a lot on the composition of the alloys.

Applications of Rubber to Metal Bonding Units

The products made from the bonding of rubber to metal are used in various areas of the medical, commercial and industrial fields. Many of the products are used for the isolation of vibration and noise in manufacturing applications, including automotive and engineering applications. Larger sized pieces are used to decouple translational movement for bridges and buildings.

There are various products made out of the rubber to metal bonding process like:

Rubber Metal Bonded Components in Automobile Industry

The automobile industry, in particular uses a large number of bonded rubber to metal parts. Some of these products are:

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