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The Gow-Joule effect is the tendency of elastomers to contract when heated if they are under tension. Elastomers that are not under tension do not see this effect.
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The Gow-Joule effect is important in o-ring seal design, where the seals can be mounted in a peripherally compressed state in hot applications to prolong life. 
Categories: Elastomers | Condensed matter physics
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