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Are microwave susceptors attenuated in viscoelastic mediums

  1. Feb 20, 2017 #1


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    Are microwave susceptors attenuated in viscoelastic mediums ?

    I am experimenting with some widely known microwave susceptors like iron oxide and silicon carbide (materials that normally convert RF to heat quite effectively). In ceramic formulations they perform great, as expected. When formulated in silicone rubber, they do not perform like same weight % as ceramic formulations when subjected to identical watts/time in a microwave oven.

    I am seeing less than 1/2 the temperature rise per identical runtime in the silicone matrix. Curious if the good performance of these materials in dry ceramic form could be due to the resonance or vibration of these materials in and against the dry ceramic matrix, and against each other (very frictional in dry ceramic ?) - - and in silicone rubber the medium is rather viscoelastic, so perhaps more of the vibrational energy is absorbed or attenuated by the more flexible nature of the medium ?
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  3. Feb 26, 2017 #2
    Thanks for the thread! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post? The more details the better.
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