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Current Rubber Replacement Materials

SpecialChem / Dec 14, 2009

In Part 1 of this article on rubber replacement, we explored the history behind the development of synthetic rubbers, which replaced natural rubber. This was because of the unavailability of natural rubber to the Western world, due to the Second World War. In addition, we discussed briefly the invention and development of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which came about with the Germans needing to replace natural rubber in certain medium to low performance applications. The most important replacements for thermoset rubbers currently are principally thermoplastic elastomers. These materials are based partly on elastomeric polymers and partly on blends with certain thermoplastics.

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