Technology: Sumitomo claims breakthrough in rubber failure study

Tokyo – Sumitomo Rubber Industries says it has cracked the mystery surrounding rubber failure, in a joint study with the Dresden, Germany-based Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research.

In a 9 Jan statement, the Japanese tire & rubber company said the “ground-breaking” research sheds light on the unknown mechanism that causes microscopic voids within the rubber which lead to the formation and propagation of cracks.

According to SRI, previous research had failed to “fully explicate” the theory that the fracturing of rubber molecules and the formation of voids within…

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