|Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new silicone padding which can be embedded into woven and nonwoven fabrics such as protective equipment and sporting equipment. There is a move away from multiple layered padding to a padding that can simply be worn on the exterior of the skin because it can be abrasive, heavy, and wear down quickly. There remains an unmet need to develop a strong and light-weight padding that can handle high impact with high compression resistance. Purdue researchers introduce a unique vacuum-bell curing process to create light-weight silicone padding with fine porosity. Various compositions of this padding have been tested under applied force to create a material with strong response to impact. In addition, sensors can be added to the silicone padding to notify users if the material is being worn down and may need to be replaced, which helps to ensure user safety.
-Easily Integrated into Woven and Nonwoven Fabrics
May 1, 2020
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