Reinforced Rubber Composites: Synthesis and Application

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart and Functional Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2024 | Viewed by 1713

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Department of Chemical Engineering, Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
Interests: polymer processing; recycling; composites; rubber compounds
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Dear Colleagues,

Rubber materials possess unique properties such as resistance to corrosion and chemicals, good durability, low cost, and being easy to recycle and manufacture for versatile applications, which include the automotive industry, wheels and tires, electrical and electronic, marine, construction, biomedical, and other specialty applications. Reinforcement of the rubber material improves their performance and service life by increasing their stiffness, modulus, rupture energy, tear strength, tensile strength, cracking resistance, fatigue resistance, and abrasion resistance.

The current Special Issue, entitled “Reinforced Rubber Composites: Synthesis and Application,” is devoted to gathering knowledge of ongoing scientific and industrial research on all aspects of reinforced rubber composites including their synthesis, characterization, and properties as well as their potential mechanical, electrical, thermal, and other advanced applications. The other intention of the Special Issue is to provide the fundamentals of reinforcement phenomena in rubber materials, highlighting the mechanisms for reinforcement of the rubber and the relationship between the configuration of the reinforcement structure and the microscopic mechanism of enhancement.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit your manuscripts to this Special Issue. Your contributions of full research articles, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Dr. Ali Fazli
Dr. Elnaz Esmizadeh
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  • elastomers
  • rubber compounds
  • reinforced composites
  • nanocomposite
  • rubber foams

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The Contribution of BaTiO3 to the Stability Improvement of Ethylene–Propylene–Diene Rubber: Part II—Doped Filler
by Traian Zaharescu, Alina Dumitru, Tunde Borbath, Ioana Ionescu, Istvan Borbath and Tiberiu Francisc Boros
Polymers 2023, 15(16), 3441; - 17 Aug 2023
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The thermal and radiation stabilities of the formulations based on ethylene–propylene–diene rubber (EPDM), which contain barium titanate (BaTiO3) doped with lanthanum and cerium oxides, were investigated by chemiluminescence and mechanical testing. The contributions of these doped fillers are related to the [...] Read more.
The thermal and radiation stabilities of the formulations based on ethylene–propylene–diene rubber (EPDM), which contain barium titanate (BaTiO3) doped with lanthanum and cerium oxides, were investigated by chemiluminescence and mechanical testing. The contributions of these doped fillers are related to the surface interaction between the structural defects (doping atoms, i.e., lanthanum and cerium) implanted in the filler lattice and the molecular fragments formed during the progress of degradation. These composite materials present extended durabilities with respect to the references; the oxidation periods are a minimum of three times longer than the corresponding times for pristine polymers. This behavior is associated with the scavenging activity of dopants. Mechanical testing has demonstrated the contributions of doped filler to the improvement of tensile strength and elongation at break by the restructuration of the polymer phase. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed the densification of materials in the presence of doped barium titanates. All the investigations constitute valid proof for the qualification of BaTiO3 doped with Ce as the more efficient stabilizer compared to the same inorganic filler doped with La. Full article
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