In today’s world there are many different styles and kinds of materials used in all phases of industry. Steel, iron, synthetic materials, and rubber are some of the most important materials used. Rubber is manipulated latex that comes from the sap of certain trees. This old world material with new world twists, adaptations, and complicated processes make rubber a crucial part in many industries. In 2005 around twenty-one million tons of rubber were produced in the United States. Of those twenty-one million tons of rubber produced almost nine million tons of that were completely natural coming from plants such as the Para rubber tree. Also in 2005 Asia was the leading continent supplying rubber for the world with around ninety-four percent of the world’s production. Without rubber out daily lives world be drastically different in many ways.
Rubber in its natural form is an elastic hydrocarbon polymer that is primarily referred to as latex. Rubber is also unique in its properties of elasticity. Rubber is one of the few substances that can be twisted and pulled repeatedly is multiple directions and still bounce back to its original composure. This extreme ability to be transformed into many shapes to fit multiple applications makes rubber into a versatile component to industry and our everyday lives. Although temperature affects the physical properties of it, it does not compromise its chemical structure or its elastic properties.
Most elastic substances are caused by careful manipulation of bond disorders. When strain is but on these materials the bond lengths begin to sway away from the normal shape and energy is absorbed electro statically. Rubber in this sense is totally different than this common property of elasticity. Rubber when but into a bind will bend and stretch like a spring but unlike many materials the energy from the pressure is absorbed thermally. Also another unique property of rubber is that it is an abrasively sticky...