Rubber Gets a Boost with Active Agents

Rubber has been a vital material in industry and around the home for decades – now it’s getting an upgrade. The use of active agents to enhance rubber’s resilience and performance opens up many new possibilities.

What are active agents?

Active agents are substances which are added to rubber to promote specific properties. The most common agents include antioxidants, ultra-violet absorbers, antiozonants, and plasticizers. All of these compounds can affect the rubber’s strength, flexibility, resilience, and longevity.

How Do They Affect Rubber?

Antioxidants help protect rubber from degradation caused by oxygen and ozone. Ultra-violet absorbers help prevent fading of the rubber’s color due to sunlight exposure. Antiozonants protect the rubber from damage caused by ozone in the environment. Plasticizers make the rubber more pliable, flexible, and resistant to cracking at low temperatures.

What Can it be Used for?

The use of active agents could see rubber used in a wider variety of applications. Here are just a few ideas:

  • High performance tires that can better withstand extreme temperatures.
  • Marine hoses that are more resistant to saltwater corrosion.
  • Gaskets and seals that retain their shape under high pressure.
  • Long-lasting outdoor furniture that is not affected by UV rays.
  • Shock and vibration-proof components that can withstand heavy impacts.

These are just a few of the potential uses of enhanced rubber. With the help of active agents, the possibilities are endless!

The Future of Rubber

The use of active agents can unlock new possibilities for rubber. It can be used in more challenging environments, and in applications that were previously impossible. This could revolutionize the way we use rubber – opening up new possibilities for its use and giving the material a much-needed boost.

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