The thermodynamics of stretched rubber, a function of speed?

1. Dec 10, 2013

Spinnor

By stretching a rubber band slowly and then slowly releasing it can we minimize the energy lost, (minimize the change in entropy?)? If so should a hysteresis curve be a function of the rate at which the rubber is deformed?

See,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hysteresis#Elastic_hysteresis

Then should the curve in the link above state so?

Thanks for any help!

2. Dec 15, 2013

Spinnor

The article above does point out that loss is a function of speed for those who do more then read the graphic captions.