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Polymers 2018, 10(1), 87;

Mechanical Properties Changes of Irradiated Thermoplastic Elastomer

CEBIA-Tech, Faculty of Applied Informatics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Nad Stranemi 4511, 760 05 Zlín, Czech Republic
Faculty of Technology, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Vavreckova 275, 760 01 Zlín, Czech Republic
This article is dedicated, in memoriam, to Assoc. Prof . David Manas.
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 14 December 2017 / Revised: 12 January 2018 / Accepted: 15 January 2018 / Published: 17 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Elastomers)
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Some polymers need a cross-linking agent for the controlled cross-linking process of polymers with a tendency to degradation during the radiation cross-linking process. While, on the other hand, other polymers do not need a cross-linking agent—predominantly there are cross-linking polymers. The Thermo-Plastic Elastomer (TPE) that was used belongs to this group of predominantly cross-linking polymers; however, this agent is added because of faster reaction times and smaller irradiation doses. Microindentation–tensile and tensile impact tests were carried out on a thermoplastic sample—with, and without, a cross-linking agent. Small changes were measured between these materials at low radiation doses, (up to 66 kGy); nevertheless, at higher doses, the influence of the cross-linking agent on the mechanical properties is significant. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermoplastic elastomer; tensile test; micro-hardness testing; radiation cross-linking; mechanical properties thermoplastic elastomer; tensile test; micro-hardness testing; radiation cross-linking; mechanical properties

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Manas, D.; Mizera, A.; Manas, M.; Ovsik, M.; Hylova, L.; Sehnalek, S.; Stoklasek, P. Mechanical Properties Changes of Irradiated Thermoplastic Elastomer. Polymers 2018, 10, 87.

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