Optimization and service life prediction of elastomeric based composites used in manufacturing engineering

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Lifetime prediction of the polymer materials have been an active field of research in recent past. An understanding in the polymer degradation mechanisms and their stabilization has lead to creation of composite materials for advanced applications. It is important to know the service life deterioration kinetics of materials with good accuracy for designing critical applications. The present paper discusses comprehensive test results carried out in the frame of a basic research project. First of all, a detailed analysis is presented on the influence of accelerator-vulcanizing agent system on the mechanical properties and viscoelastic behaviour. As a first design parameter for the new compositions (for example: the mixture of Natural and Butadiene Rubbers (NR-BR) vulcanized at the temperatures of 140 °C and 160 °C) were evaluated and secondly the effect of reinforcements and their interactions with the matrix are discussed. Preliminary results on a study of nanoindentation characterisation to predict viscoelastic behaviour of the elastomeric based composite sheets is also presented. © The Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. 2014.

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Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series