What is the durometer of urethane?

Urethane’s hardness has a wide range from very soft, like a gel bicycle seat (~25 Shore OO), to very hard, like a bowling ball (~75 Shore D). But the sweet spot for many of its performance properties occurs from 55 Shore A to 75 Shore D. This is where we tend to see the most potential for polyurethane.

How strong is urethane?

Urethane can be formulated with tensile strengths to 8,000 psi while maintaining elastic characteristics. As a liquid cast material, tooling costs are very low – significantly less than making metal molds. Urethane is non-brittle even at higher hardness and resists fracture during shock or impact loading.

What is urethane rubber used for?

Urethane rubber is strong, but flexible enough to spring back and return to its original shape when stretched or bent. As a result, urethane rubbers are regularly used on car wheels, ball bearings, conveyor rollers, pulley wheels, and bushings.

How strong is urethane rubber?

They are in the normal hardness range — 85 Durometer A to 45 Durometer D. They are tough, and abrasion and tear resistant.

How hard is 60 durometer?

Durometer is often referred to as “duro” for short. On the durometer scale, lower numbers represent a softer rubber. The hardness of the rubber increases as the durometer numbers go up. Our most commonly used durometers are 50 and 60, which are classified as a medium hardness.

Is urethane soft or hard?

Hardness Compared to Other Materials As previously discussed, polyurethanes can be engineered to offer an extensive hardness range from soft, flexible foams to hard, rigid solids and everything else in between.

What type of material is urethane?

Urethane is often used as an alternative term for polyurethane. Basically, polyurethane is a polymer — a chemical compound or mixture of compounds formed by polymerization and consisting of repeating structural units.

How long does urethane rubber last?

Properly stored in a low humidity environment and at room temperature (73°F/ 23°C), Smooth-On® urethane products have a shelf life of 18 months from date of manufacture in unopened containers. Once opened, urethanes generally have a very limited shelf life. Use what remains as soon as possible.

What is 60 Shore A hardness?

Shore hardness is a measure of the resistance of a material to penetration of a spring loaded needle-like indenter….Rubber hardness and applications.

Hardness Application
55 Shore A Pencil erasers
60 Shore A Screen wiper blades
65 Shore A Automotive tires
70 Shore A Shoe heels