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Vulcanization of Rubber

  • M. Porter

Abstract

Although the improvement in the properties of natural rubber (NR) brought about by vulcanization with sulfur was discovered by Goodyear and by Hancock 130 years ago and the process has since become the basis of a world-wide commercial manufacturing industry, a scientific understanding of the changes taking place has begun to emerge only in the last 30 years. Many alternative reagents for effecting vulcanization have been discovered since 1840 but none of them has received widespread industrial acceptance and hence, for over a century, sulfur has remained the key reagent in the vulcanizing process — through which nearly all the rubber in use has to pass before its properties become commercially useful.

Keywords

Zinc Oxide Natural Rubber None None Zinc Sulfide Sulfur Donor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Porter
    • 1
  1. 1.The Natural Rubber Producers’ Research AssociationWelwyn Garden City, HertfordshireEngland

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