Mullins effect during uniaxial cyclic compression tests, together with its reversibility, of ethylene–acrylic acid copolymer (EAA)/nitrile–butadiene rubber (NBR) thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) were investigated systematically. The results showed that EAA/NBR TPVs had excellent mechanical properties when the weight ratio was 40/60. Morphology studies showed that sphere-like NBR particles were dispersed evenly in the etched TPVs surface with diameters of 5–8 μm. The experimental results of Mullins effect indicated that a stress softening phenomenon in the stress–strain curves of EAA/NBR TPVs during the uniaxial loading–unloading cycles could be observed obviously; moreover, the reversibility of Mullins effect could be significantly enhanced by increasing heat treatment temperature.
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The work was supported by Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation, China (ZR2017MEM021) and Upgraded Project of Shandong Province for Guidance Ability of Graduate Tutors (SDYY17044).
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Yingtao Sun, Yang, L., Liu, F. et al. Mullins Effect and Its Reversibility for Thermoplastic Vulcanizates Based on Ethylene–Acrylic Acid Copolymer/Nitrile–Butadiene Rubber Blends. Polym. Sci. Ser. A 62, 670–679 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0965545X20060103