Optimization of Mixing Parameters Using Mooney Viscosity of Top & Bottom Profiles in Off the Road Rubber track Compounds

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dc.contributor.author Malshani, U.D.D.B.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-05T05:39:05Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-05T05:39:05Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other UWU/PLT/13/0032
dc.identifier.uri http://www.erepo.lib.uwu.ac.lk/bitstream/handle/123456789/6859/UWULD%20PLT%2013%200032.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
dc.description.abstract Rubber tracks are used in off-the-road heavy duty vehicles. The tread of tracks consists of two layers namely top profile and bottom profile. Rubber Compound ATR 6112 (A) & Compound ETR 5271 (B) are used to manufacture top profiles, Compound TR 5237 (C) is used in bottom profile. The high Mooney Viscosity of such compounds leads to reject the batches of compounds. Therefore, compound mixing parameters were optimized during the study using Mooney Viscosity (MV). Also cure time, scorch delay and hardness of compounds were evaluated. Mixing cycle (s) defined as the time for pre-mastication and mixing of curatives. The Mixing cycle & number of mill turns were selected as the major parameters and assessed separately for compounds. Number of mill turns were varied as 3, 2 & 1 for all three compounds. Mixing cycle(s) for Compound A (40,60), (20,60), (0,50,50) & (30,70), and Compound B (20,90), (40,60), (0,50,50) & (30,80) while Compound C at (20,80), (30,70), (0,50,60), & (40,60). Complete Randomized Design with 10 replicates were used. The best mixing cycle for Compounds A & B was (0,50,50) where mixing of curatives and rubber compound together using internal mixer without allowing pre-mastication time. The best mixing cycle was achieved at (30,70) for Compound C with a lower MV. Number of mill turns has not significantly affected on MV, scorch delay, curing time & hardness of all three compounds. The scorch delay was affected by mixing cycle only in Compound B. The curing time was affected by mixing cycle in only Compound A & C. Hardness of the compounds has not significantly affected by mixing cycle. Finally, better cure characteristics of the compounds could be obtained along with reduced Mooney Viscosity by adjusting the mixing cycle. Keywords: Mixing cycle, Mill turns, Mooney Viscosity, Rubber track en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries ;UWU/PLT/13/0032
dc.subject Palm and Latex Technology and Value Addition Degree Programme ( PLT) en_US
dc.title Optimization of Mixing Parameters Using Mooney Viscosity of Top & Bottom Profiles in Off the Road Rubber track Compounds en_US
dc.title.alternative Research Article – PLT 2017 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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