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Hardness of Rubber: Durometer

DUROMETER... THE MEASURE OF THE HARDNESS OF RUBBER COMPOUNDS The Durometer is the International Standard Instrument used to measure the hardness of rubber or rubber-like materials. Durometers measure hardness by the penetration of an indentor into the rubber sample. The calibrated reading is expressed in a number value. The hardness values are always expressed in terms of plus or minus (+/-) five points DUROMETER TYPE APLLICABLE TO THESE (example: 60+/-5 Durometer). It is important to note that when testing hardness of a rubber sample, the material should not be less than 1/4 thick (.250).

(SHORE) Type A (Shore) Type D (Shore) Type 00 (Shore)

TYPES OF MATERIALS Soft rubber & plastics Hard rubber & plastics Sponge & foam

APPROXIMATE DUROMETER HARDNESS COMPARISONS The values listed are approximate and are not to be used as an exact equivalent. This information is provided as a selection guide only. Here are a few examples of hardness based on Durometer scale: Rubber Band Inner Tube Rubber Tire Rubber Shoe Heel Typewriter Platen 30 Shore A 55 Shore A 65 Shore A 70 Shore A 95 Shore A

SHORE A 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5

DUROMETER TYPE SHORE D 58 46 39 33 29 25 22 19 16 14 12 10 8 7 6

SHORE 00

98 97 95 94 93 91 90 88 86 83 80 76 70 62 55 45

Disclaimer: The information contained in this document is to be used as a guide only. RubberMill cannot guarantee the accuracy, or be held responsible for the informations end use.
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