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Modelling of the vulcanization process of thick-walled natural rubber articles

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dc.description.abstract A computer-based technique was developed to render the state of cure in thick-walled natural rubber compounds as measured by the oscillating disk rheometer torque. The method was based on a mathematical function derived to replicate the rate of change in the rheometer torque with respect to the curing time and the curing temperature. The mathematical function was able to trace the temperature related changes in the rheometer curves of different rubber compounds exceptionally well, at a 99.9% level of certainty. This was used to model the vulcanisation process for thick-walled articles through a deterministic simulation approach, which was made it possible to predict the scorch time, curing time, and the time for onset of reversion to a precision within ±5%, as verified against programmed a temperature profile curing in a rheometer. This study also investigated the variation of the thermal conductivity and the thermal diffusivity of rubber compounds during the curing process, to determine the effectiveness of such variations in estimating the curing time of thick-walled rubber articles. The experiments were carried out using a modified hot wire technique. The coefficient of variation in the thermal diffusivity was estimated at 20%, and the same for the thermal conductivity was found to be 15%, for the compounds tested. The simulation model showed that this variation was not significant in affecting the curing time. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Modelling of the vulcanization process of thick-walled natural rubber articles en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MPhil en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Materials Engineering en_US 2006 2006
dc.identifier.accno 86469 en_US

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