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Advances in Tribology
Volume 2017, Article ID 2509879, 12 pages
Research Article

Dynamic Characterization of Rubber O-Rings: Squeeze and Size Effects

1Division of Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
2Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
3Leuven Air Bearings, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Correspondence should be addressed to Federico Colombo; ti.otilop@obmoloc.ociredef

Received 2 May 2017; Accepted 13 June 2017; Published 12 July 2017

Academic Editor: Michel Fillon

Copyright © 2017 Farid Al-Bender et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper concerns the dynamic characterization of rubber O-rings used to introduce damping in high speed gas bearing systems. O-shaped rubber rings composed of high temperature rubber compounds are characterized in terms of stiffness and damping coefficients in the frequency range 100–800 Hz. Simple formulas with frequency independent coefficients were identified to express the viscoelastic properties of the O-rings. The formulas proposed approximate the stiffness and damping coefficients of O-rings of general size.