Professor Tim Osswald, Director of the Technical Advisory Board of SIMTEC Silicone Parts, presented breakthrough research on the viscoelastic behavior of Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) at Silicone Elastomers US, the first Silicone Elastomers’ event held in North America.
Injection molding of Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) has existed and evolved over the past 20 years. Due to the thermosetting nature of the material, injection molding of liquid silicone rubber requires special treatment, such as uniform distributive mixing; in addition, the material must be maintained at a constant temperature up until it is pushed into the heated cavity and vulcanized.
Plastics can be divided into uncross-linked thermoplastics and cross-linked thermosets. The first have intermolecular bonds between the molecule chains, but can move freely relative to their neighbors. They can be melted and solidified multiple times. In contrast, thermosets have “bridges,” or covalent, bonds interconnecting the polymer molecules. Once the material is solidified by chemical curing, it cannot be melted again.