Protection effects of condensed bromoacenaphthylene on radiation deterioration of ethylene–propylene–diene rubber

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  • Yohsuke Morita,

    1. Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment, Watanuki-Machi, Takasaki, Gunma, Japan 370-12
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  • Miyuki Hagiwara,

    1. Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment, Watanuki-Machi, Takasaki, Gunma, Japan 370-12
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  • Noboru Kasai

    1. Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment, Watanuki-Machi, Takasaki, Gunma, Japan 370-12
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Abstract

As a continuation of a series of the studies on the flame and γ-radiation resistant modification of ethylene–propylene–diene rubber (EPDM), condensed bromoacenaphthylene (con-BACN) as a newly developed flame retardant was synthesized and its effects on the radiation resistance of EPDM were investigated. The radiation resistance evaluated by measuring tensile properties of irradiated sheets of 2 mm thck was found improved greatly by adding con-BACN together with ordinary rubber ingredients but decreased by decabromodiphenylether (DBDPE) that has bromins in aromatic rings as con-BACN. When EPDM sheets of 1 mm thick were irradiated in oxygen at a dose rate of 1 × 105 rad/h, the weight swelling ratio increased with increasing dose, indicating that oxidative main chain scission is predominant under the irradiation conditions. On the other hand, crosslinking was shown to be predominant in nitrogen. From the results of the swelling experiments with different additives, it was concluded that DBDPE accelerates both the main chain scission in oxygen and the crosslinking in nitrogen. In contrast to this, con-BACN reduced the chain scission in oxygen. This observation was accounted by the assumption that the influence of the oxidative chain scission is partly compensated by the concurrent crosslinking which takes place through additions of con-BACN to substrate polymers even in the presence of oxygen.

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