WATER ABSORPTION OF ELASTOMERS
POLYMER CORP LTD SARNIA (ONTARIO)
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Considering that water is nearly insoluble in hydrocarbons, one might suppose that the uptake of water by hydrocarbon elastomers would be limited to small quantities, perhaps one or two percent. The reality is quite different specimens exposed for extended periods, or at high temperatures, may absorb very large amounts of water, often several times the original specimen weight. Such effects have been reported for a variety of polymers. The present work was undertaken in the hope of clarifying the nature of these effects, and in the belief that it should prove possible to secure adequate water resistance with any of the common synthetic elastomers.
- Elastomers and Rubber