• fillers;
  • HNBR;
  • morphology;
  • reinforcement;
  • TEM


The vulcanization properties, mechanical properties of hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR) filled with carbon black (N550), zinc dimethacrylate (ZDMA), SiO2 independently and two of three kinds of fillers together were investigated, respectively. The filler-dispersion was characterized by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic mechanical properties. The results showed that HNBR composite filled with SiO2 or ZDMA displayed high tensile strength, elongation at break and compression set. The HNBR composite filled with N550 displayed low compression set, tensile strength and elongation at break. The dispersion of SiO2 in HNBR compound was better than that in HNBR vulcanizates because of SiO2 particles self-aggregation in vulcanizing processing. ZDMA particles with micron rod-like and silky shape in HNBR compounds changed into near-spherical poly-ZDMA particles with nano size in HNBR vulcanizates by in situ polymerization reaction. The N550 particles morphology exhibited no much change between HNBR compounds and vulcanizates. N550/ZDMA have the most effective reinforcement to HNBR and the appropriate amount of ZDMA is about 25% of total filler amount by weights. The theory prediction for Payne effect (dispersion of the filler) shown by the dynamic properties is identical with actual state observed by TEM. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010