Influence of hygrothermally degraded polyester-urethane on physical and mechanical properties of chloroprene rubber

Abi Santhosh Aprem, Seno Jose, Sabu Thomas, Nektaria Marianthi Barkoula, J. Karger Kocsis

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The influence of hygrothermally-degraded polyester urethane (HD-PUR) waste on chloroprene rubber (CR) has been studied giving special attention to curing behaviour, mechanical properties and dynamic mechanical behaviour. The presence of primary and secondary amines in HD-PUR, did not increase the cure rate of CR. The mechanical properties of chloroprene vulcanizates were improved upon HD-PUR addition. The strain-induced crystallisation of CR did not show any deviation upon the addition of HD-PUR. Crosslink densities calculated from swelling studies, stress-strain behaviour, and modulus measurements are found to increase upon HD-PUR addition and showed similar trend. The glass transition temperature (Tg) did not show any significant change, with the addition of HD-PUR. Scanning electron microscopic studies have been done in order to have an insight into fracture behaviour of the samples and to analyse the microstructure of the blends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003



  • Chloroprene rubber
  • Polymeric wastes
  • Recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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