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Mexico prepares its defense of NAFTA
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MEXICO CITY—Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement against President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to...
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Yokohama completes plant expansion in Philippines
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  CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines—Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. has commissioned an expansion of capacity at its car and light truck tire factory in Clark Freeport Zone, which...
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Fry: Market remains stagnant
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INDIANAPOLIS—Robert Fry isn't as pessimistic as most when it comes to the economy, but that doesn't mean he is optimistic. Manufacturing production has been flat for the last few years, and...
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ARDL purchases land, property for expansion
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AKRON—For the first time in more than a decade and a half, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc. is expanding. The family run business recently completed the acquisition of an 11-acre...
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Barwell gear pump takes center stage
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PITTSBURGH—Barwell Global Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary, Barwell Machinery USA Inc., exhibited the company's continuous performing gear pump and other high-precision rubber processing...
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New president excited to lead ASC
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INDIANAPOLIS—It has been a time of transition for the Adhesive and Sealant Council. William Allmond was named the association's new president in August, taking over for Matthew Croson, who...
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Bridgestone drives forward; Tire maker's plan includes recharging Firestone
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LOS ANGELES—Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations L.L.C. is recharging its Firestone brand for 2017 with four new tires, in addition to a new Bridgestone product and additional sizes for its...
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Trelleborg suspension springs bolster Turkish tram project
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TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Trelleborg’s industrial anti-vibration solutions operation expects to complete its delivery of suspension systems to a tram project in Turkey’s Kayseri within...
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Hexpol adds new compounds to bio-based TPEs
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LONDON—Thermoplastic elastomer compounding group, Hexpol TPE, has added new compounds to its Dryflex Green family of bio-based TPEs, creating more opportunities for sustainability. Dryflex...
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Supply side economics: Firms launch initiatives Chemours strengthens Viton brand program
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PITTSBURGH—Chemours Co. has revamped a licensee program designed to strengthen its Viton brand in the marketplace and get its rubber product maker customers to make the material their...
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Published on February 8, 2013

Using bio-based plasticizers, alternative rubber

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Date Published February 8, 2013
Category Technical Papers

William Blythe and Debra E. Seguin, William Blythe Inc. This study shows that use of bio-based materials provides a promising alternative to standard oil and rubber matrices, as supported by comparable mechanical properties and performance predictors. Key technical challenges and the potential future outlook for using sustainable raw materials in tread compounds are discussed. Plasticizers such as treated distillate aromatic extracts and aromatic oils commonly are used in tread compounds because of their chemical compatibility and ability to improve rubber processing. Alternative sources to these petroleum- derived plasticizers, such as oils extracted from crops, were evaluated in model tread compounds. Select bio-based oils with varying fatty acid compositions and functionality were used to replace part of the petroleum oil and compounded into silica-based tread formulations. These bio-based plasticizers were evaluated in rubber compositions with 80/20 blends of solution styrene-butadiene rubber and natural rubber, as well as blends with an alternative bio-derived rubber, guayule. Effects of these bio-based plasticizers and rubber on the material's cure kinetics and key physical properties are discussed. Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis results are correlated to on-vehicle performance predictors for rolling resistance and traction by assessing tangent delta in various temperature regions.

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