Authors Hait, S. ; Valentin, J. l: ; Jimènez, A.G. ; Ortega, P.B. ; Ghosh, A. K. ; Stöckelhuber, K.W. ; Wießner, S. ; Heinrich, G. ; Das, A.
Title Poly(acrylonitrile-co-butadiene) as polymeric crosslinking accelerator for sulphur network formation
Date 30.09.2020
Number 58872
Abstract The major controlling factors that determine the various mechanical properties of an elastomer system are type of chemical crosslinking and crosslink density of the polymer network. In this study, a catalytic amount of acrylonitrile butadiene copolymer (NBR) was used as a co-accelerator for the curing of polybutadiene (BR) elastomer. After the addition of this copolymer along with other conventional sulphur ingredients in polybutadiene compounds, a clear and distinct effect on the curing and other physical characteristics was noticed. The crosslinking density of BR was increased, as evidenced by rheometric properties, solid-state NMR and swelling studies. The vulcanization kinetics study revealed a substantial lowering of the activation energy of the sulphur crosslinking process when acrylonitrile butadiene copolymer was used in the formulation. The compounds were also prepared in the presence of carbon black and silica, and it was found that in the carbon black filled system the catalytic effect of the NBR was eminent. The effect was not only reflected in the mechanical performance but also the low-temperature crystallization behavior of BR systems was altered
Publisher Heliyon
Citation Heliyon 6 (2020) e04659

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