A Study on the Use of Castor Oil as Plasticizer in Natural Rubber Compounds

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A Study on the Use of Castor Oil as Plasticizer in Natural Rubber Compounds

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Title: A Study on the Use of Castor Oil as Plasticizer in Natural Rubber Compounds
Author: Sunil K Narayanankutty
Abstract: Mechanical properties and thermal degradation of natural rubber compounds containing castor oil were studied to evaluate its suitability as plasticizer. Naphthenic oil was used as a reference plasticizer. The cure time was marginally lower in the case of castor oil mixes, probably due to the presence offree fatty acids in it. The tear strength and modulus were better in the case of mixes containing castor oil, while most of the other mechanical properties were comparable to the mixes containing naphthenic oil. The heat build up and compression set were higher than that of the naphthenic oil mixes. Thermal studies showed an increase of 8 °C in the temperature of initiation of degradation and an increase of 6 °C in the temperature at which the peak rate of degradation occurred. The peak rate of degradation was comparable to that of the reference compound
URI: http://dyuthi.cusat.ac.in/purl/890
Date: 2006-08-29


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