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Adhesion property of epoxidized natural rubber (ENR)-based adhesives containing calcium carbonate

Journal: eXPRESS Polymer Letters
ISSN 1788-618X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 398;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Adhesion | Coatings | Rubber | Calcium carbonate

The adhesion property (i.e. viscosity, loop tack and peel strength) of epoxidized natural rubber (ENR 25 and ENR 50 grade)-based pressure-sensitive adhesive was studied in the presence of calcium carbonate. The range of calcium carbonate loaded was from 10 to 50 parts per hundred parts of rubber (phr). Coumarone-indene resin was used as the tackifier and its concentration was fixed at 80 phr. Toluene was chosen as the solvent throughout the investigation. The substrates (PET film/paper) were coated with the adhesive using a SHEEN hand coater at a coating thickness of 60 ┬Ám. Viscosity of the adhesive was measured by a HAAKE Rotary Viscometer whereas loop tack and peel strength were determined by a Llyod Adhesion Tester operating at 30 cm/min. Results show that viscosity of ENR-based adhesives increases gradually with increase in calcium carbonate loading due to the concentration effect of the filler. However, for loop tack and peel strength, it passes through a maximum at 30 phr calcium carbonate, an observation which is attributed to the optimum wettability of adhesive on the substrate at this adhesive composition. ENR 25-based adhesive consistently exhibits higher adhesion property than ENR 50 for all calcium carbonate loadings studied.
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