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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Cryo-malleable elastomeric products

Cryo-malleable elastomeric products (Dr. Cornish)

Natural rubber can retain flexibility down to temperature lower than synthetic polymers, around -50⁰C.  However, this is not low enough (remember the Challenger disaster?).   We have a natural rubber that has the instrinsic ability to retain malleability in liquid nitrogen(-197 ⁰C).  We are attempting to understand and retain this property into product form.  Such a product would have enormous potential in aerospace, refrigeration and many other frigid applications.