Hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) nanocomposites were prepared using commercially available organoclays (Cloisite 15A). The main focus of the current investigation is to study the influence of the organoclay reinforced in HNBR after subjecting it to long-term oxidative ageing and immersion studies. All the different nanoclay nanocomposites were air aged for a period of 168 h and at 150°C. The changes in the mechanical properties such as tensile strength and elongation at break have been compared with respect to the control sample. For immersion tests, three different liquid mediums were considered for this current investigation. All the samples were immersed in different mediums for a period of 168 h at 150°C. The changes in the swelling index and the mechanical properties have been reported with respect to the control sample. After reinforcing nanoclays into HNBR there was good resistance to swelling in all the three different liquid mediums in comparison to control sample. Tensile testing was performed on the immersed nanocomposites to evaluate the mechanical behaviour after immersion studies. A probable mechanism behind the improved performance has been suggested.
Cadambi, R. M., & Ghassemieh, E. (2012). The ageing behaviour of hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber/nanoclay nanocomposites in various mediums. Journal of Elastomers and Plastics, 44(4), 353-367. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095244311429736