In this work, the white-silica-filled vulcanizates of brombutyl rubber (BIIR)/cis 1,4 polybutadiene rubbers (BR) with hydrogenated aromatic hydrocarbon (C5) petroleum resins were prepared by compression molding, and the effects of C5 petroleum resin content on the damping behaviors and mechanical properties of BIIR/BR vulcanizates were investigated by foam force rheometer, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), scanning electron microscopy, and mechanical measurements. The results of this study showed that, the C5 resins could retard the vulcanization, and reduce the crosslink density and Mooney viscosity of vulcanizates. The DMA curves exhibited two independent peaks of loss factor (tanδ) corresponding to the glass transition of BR and BIIR vulcanizates, respectively. The addition of C5 resin had a positive impact on the damping of BIIR/BR vulcanizates, with the increment content of C5 resin, the main tanδ peaks shifted significantly to higher temperature and the effective damping temperature range was broadened remarkably, especially in the range of the BIIR glass transition. The mechanical properties such as tensile strength and abrasion performance were influenced by the C5 resin and the changes in mechanical properties were mainly due to the decline of crosslink density and the improvement of filler dispersion. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013
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