is there a way to melt rubber and steel together?

I've been thinking about this for a long time. What I am wanting to accomplish is finding a way to combine steel and rubber together to form a new substance where the two are no longer able to be distinguished from each other.

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lemonie5 years ago
You might laminate them, but otherwise it's "no".

L
Vyger5 years ago
When you combine different metals together you get what is called an alloy (also some non metals like carbon and iron) . See the article in Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alloy
Most alloy's do not involve chemical reactions but rather a blending of the properties of the elements involved. Brass is an alloy of copper and tin. The tin gives the copper strength. Solid metals are crystals so that is another factor to keep in mind. Anything you alloy together will need to be able to crystallize when it changes state from a liquid to a solid.
Anyway, rubber is not an element, it is a complex organic molecule and as such it would not form an alloy even if it were capable of surviving the heating to over 4000 degrees that the steel would require. By the way, Steel is an alloy already.

Something that you might find really interesting is Liquid metal. This is a recent discovery and is still being researched. A liquid metal is an alloy that is not crystallized. It is like glass in that it never really hardens and does not form a crystal structure. This gives the metal very unique properties including its ability to bounce. You can look it up with Google.
Not liquid, glassy.

Steve
rickharris5 years ago
+1

You can't make rubbery steel. Or steel hard rubber.
FoolishSage5 years ago
It think that the temperatures required to melt steel will chemically break down the rubber even if the process is done in an inert environment. Even if you could get both products liquid at the same temperature and try to mix it I doubt one would dissolve in the other or something. Probably it would still be two separate substances mixed together.

If you are trying to develop a new material with the flexibility of rubber and the resistance of steel I don't think this is the way to go but there is only one way to find out for sure! Give it a go and let the crazy scientist in you out for some fun! (with proper safety etc etc)