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Keywords:

  • rubber;
  • nanotubes;
  • grapheme and fullerenes;
  • nonpolymeric materials and composites

ABSTRACT

In this study, ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) is melt-mixed with multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT). To realize full-scale application of MWCNT to the rubber industries, the effect of melt-processing parameters on the surface resistivity in the rubber/MWCNT nanocomposites should be well understood. The effect of rotor speed, mixing temperature, and annealing time on the surface resistivity of the EPDM/MWCNT nanocomposites has been investigated. The surface resistivity of EPDM/MWCNT nanocomposites with 3 phr MWCNT increases with increasing the rotor speed and decreasing the mixing temperature. Tensile strength and tensile modulus of EPDM/MWCNT (3 phr) nanocomposites are higher than those of EPDM, respectively. For the nanocomposite with 3 phr MWCNT loadings, surface resistivity increases as the annealing time at room temperature increases. This is the first report that surface resistivity of rubber/MWCNT nanocomposites increases significantly on annealing at room temperature. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 40129.