THE AUTOMOTIVE industry has not yet taken full advantage of all the superiorand peculiar properties of the new elastomers. To accomplish this, components must be designed around the material in contrast to the more normal procedure of fitting a material to an established design.
Examples of progress are: colored rubbers that withstand weather indefinitely; elastomers that seal the most deteriorating hydraulic and lubricating fluids at temperatures in excess of those practical from the standpoint of the stability of the fluids themselves and the effects of heat upon metal components; the fact that the long-sought 100,000-mile tire is imminent.
This paper discusses the properties and potentials of some of the new elastomers, with some possible applications.*