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How Testing of Rubber Help Tyres Manufacturers in Choosing Raw Material?


Rubber has many important uses in different industries, from domesticated uses to commercial and industrial applications. To make rubber suitable for different applications, it is filled with ash, which increases its flow properties in comparison to natural rubber. But excess of everything is bad. Every application has prescribed ash limit in the compound. This can be tested using a muffle furnace. Usually, the ash content in the tyre compound is 10% to 15%. If increased than this, the product may fail in real working conditions. By testing the different properties of rubber, the best material can be chosen for tyre manufacturing.

 

How to test the properties of raw materials?

Tensile Test – This test is performed to check the resistance of rubber against the outward force. When an external load is applied, depending upon the stretch ability of the sample, it ruptures at a certain point. To estimate the tensile strength, a tensile tester is used for this purpose. A dumb-bell shaped rubber sample is cut using a die, this sample is fixed in the vice grips attached to the movable plate.


The plate moves in an upward direction until sample fails. The force applied is displayed on the screen.

Environmental test – tyre are manufactured keeping different environmental conditions in mind. The sample should be able to withstand high and low temperature, humidity, UV, rain, and ozone exposure. Rubber tend to contract when used in low temperatures. This contraction may lead to rupture of the sample when bend. Rubber tyre are wrapped around the metal rim, upon contraction, they may exhibit cracks or may break. To avoid this, rubber samples are tested in the deep freezer and tested further to analyse any failure of the sample.

Similarly, for high temperatures, hot air oven is used. The sample is exposed to hot air of temperature up to 250°C. Further analysis is done to check the behaviour of sample.

 

Ash Content – To check the ash content in the sample, muffle furnace is used. In this test, a boat-shaped crucible bowl is used to place the sample. Before starting the test, the weight of bowl is noted. After placing the sample into it, the temperature of the furnace is increased to some 900°C to 1200°C. Due to high temperature, the sample will start burning and carbon content gets changed into fumes.

The content left behind in crucible bowl is the remaining ash. The bowl is taken and weighed again. The difference in weight before and after the test is the weight of the sample.