The behavior of natural rubber–epoxidized natural rubber–silica composites based on wet masterbatch technique

Wang, Yueqiong and Liao, Lusheng and Zhong, Jieping and He, Dongning and Xu, Kui and Yang, Changjin and Luo, Yongyue and Peng, Zheng (2016) The behavior of natural rubber–epoxidized natural rubber–silica composites based on wet masterbatch technique. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 133 (26). pp. 43571-43579. ISSN 0021-8995


Natural rubber–epoxidized natural rubber–silica composites were prepared by the wet masterbatch technique and the traditional dry mixing method. Performances of the composites based on different preparation methods were investigated with a moving die rheometer, an electronic universal testing machine, a dynamic mechanical analyzer, a nuclear magnetic resonance crosslink density analyzer, a rubber processing analyzer (RPA), a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The RPA, SEM, and TEM analyses indicated that silica has better dispersion, lower filler–filler interaction, and better filler–rubber interaction in compounds based on the wet masterbatch technique, leading to improvements in mechanical strength and the dynamic mechanical and compression properties of the composites. It also indicates that composites prepared by the wet masterbatch technique have shorter scorch time, faster curing velocity, and higher crosslink density. The composites prepared by the wet materbatch technique also have lower rolling resistance, which is an important property for their use as a green material for the tire industry.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 03:37
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 03:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: composites; mechanical properties; rubber
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091006 Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8613 Transport Equipment > 861302 Automotive Equipment
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/app.43571

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