Studies on Cure Index, Swelling Behaviour, Tensile and Thermooxidative Properties of Natural Rubber Compounds in the Presence of Alkanolamide
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The studies on cure index, swelling behaviour, tensile and thermo-oxidative properties of unfilled natural rubber (NR) compounds in the presence of alkanolarnide (ALK) were carried out. As a rubber additive, the ALK was added into the NR compounds at various loadings (0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, and 1.0 phr). It was found that the cure indexes of NR compounds with ALK were higher than that ofNR compound without ALK (control compound). It was also found that ALK exhibited higher tensile modulus and t~nsile strength up to 0.6 phr ofloading and then decreased with further increases in the loading. The swelling test revealed that 0.6 phr of ALK in the unfilled NR compound exhibited the highest degree of crosslink denSity which correlated to the highest tensile modulus and tensile strength of the NR vulcanisates. The ALK increased the heat aging resistance of the NR vulcanisates.