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Significance and Use
4.1 These test methods are useful for characterization of raw, or compounded, unvulcanized rubber in terms of viscosity, or resistance to flow.
4.2 The data produced by these test methods have been found useful for both quality control tests and compound development. However, direct correlation with factory conditions is not implied.
4.3 Flow performance data permits quality control of incoming raw rubbers because the flow parameters are sensitive to molecular weight and to molecular weight distribution. Therefore, these test methods may distinguish differences between lots.
4.4 The shear viscosity or flow viscosity of compounded rubber batches in the raw (unvulcanized) state will not only be sensitive to the raw polymer molecular properties, but will also be affected by type and amount of filler, plasticizer or softener levels, amount and type of copolymer blend, and other compounding materials. These test methods can serve as a quality control tool for either incoming custom mixed compounds or for in-house quality assurance checks on production mixing. These test methods are useful for research and development of new products by measuring the rheological effect on a rubber compound of new polymers, resins, softeners, etc.
1.1 These test methods describe how capillary rheometry may be used to measure the rheological characteristics of rubber (raw or compounded). Two methods are addressed: Method A—using a piston type capillary rheometer, and Method B—using a screw extrusion type capillary rheometer. The two methods have important differences, as outlined in 7 – 10 and 11 – 14, respectively.
1.2 These test methods cover the use of a capillary rheometer for the measurement of the flow properties of thermoplastic elastomers, unvulcanized rubber, and rubber compounds. These material properties are related to factory processing.
1.3 Since piston type capillary rheometers impart only a small amount of shearing energy to the sample, these measurements directly relate to the state of the compound at the time of sampling. Piston type capillary rheometer measurements will usually differ from measurements with a screw extrusion type rheometer, which imparts shearing energy just before the rheological measurement.
1.4 Capillary rheometer measurements for plastics are described in Test Method D3835.
1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D1349 Practice for Rubber--Standard Temperatures for Testing
D1418 Practice for Rubber and Rubber Latices--Nomenclature
D1485 Practice for Rubber from Natural Sources--Sampling and Sample Preparation
D3182 Practice for Rubber--Materials, Equipment, and Procedures for Mixing Standard Compounds and Preparing Standard Vulcanized Sheets
D3835 Test Method for Determination of Properties of Polymeric Materials by Means of a Capillary Rheometer
D3896 Practice for Rubber From Synthetic Sources--Sampling
D4483 Practice for Evaluating Precision for Test Method Standards in the Rubber and Carbon Black Manufacturing Industries
ICS Number Code 83.060 (Rubber)
UNSPSC Code 41112502(Rheometers); 13101700(Elastomers)