Discontinuous Reinforcement in Rubber Hose Construction and Performance
|Date Published||January 1, 2008|
Earlier studies have demonstrated the ability of short cellulose fibers to reinforce rubber and plasticized PVC so as to increase the burst strength while enhancing the dimensional stability of extruded tubes. Such products have found limited interest in the commercial hose market despite their ease of fabrication. Now, layered silicate minerals swollen by the surrounding polymer or exfoliated to yield nanoscale platelets of high aspect ratio offer a new potential for performance either alone or in combination with the microscale cellulose reinforcement. This presentation will review the earlier technology and explore the opportunities for utilization of both single-reinforcement and hybrid-multiscale discontinuous composites in hosing applications.