As highlighted in the article “All About Butyl Rubber – Properties, Applications, and Uses” by Thomasnet, Butyl rubber stands as a synthetic elastomer synthesized from isobutylene and isoprene. This material, akin to polyethylene and polypropylene in structure, boasts impressive shock absorption capabilities and low permeability to moisture and gases, making it an integral part of various commercial applications.
Butyl rubber, a pivotal material developed during World War II, proved to be a vital substitute for natural rubber in tire and tank tread production. The addition of isoprene allowed for crosslinking through vulcanization, a process that tied rubber molecules together to enhance its stability across various temperature ranges.
The advantages of butyl rubber, emphasizing its impermeability to gases, flexibility, resistance to chemicals, heat, and weathering, and its biocompatibility. However, it has limitations concerning certain fluid types and temperature ranges.
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