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Curing Mechanism: Curing is the process of transforming the rubber compound from a soft, uncured state to a solid, durable material with desired properties. In the case of foam rubber tubes, the curing mechanism typically involves the use of chemical agents called curing agents or vulcanizing agents.
These agents, such as sulfur or peroxides, initiate cross-linking reactions between the polymer chains in the rubber compound. This cross-linking process forms a three-dimensional network structure, providing the foam rubber tube with improved strength, elasticity, and resistance to heat, chemicals, and aging.
The curing process is typically carried out at elevated temperatures and is facilitated by heat, which accelerates the cross-linking reactions. The exact curing conditions, including temperature, time, and the type and amount of curing agents, are carefully controlled to achieve the desired cured properties of the foam rubber tube.
Foaming Mechanism: The foaming process involves the creation of a cellular structure within the rubber compound to achieve the desired foam characteristics, such as low density and increased elasticity.
In extruded foam rubber tubes, foaming is typically achieved through the incorporation of a blowing agent into the rubber compound. The blowing agent can be a chemical compound that decomposes at elevated temperatures, releasing gases, or physical agents such as nitrogen or carbon dioxide.
When the extruded rubber compound passes through the die of the extrusion machine, the blowing agent decomposes or expands due to the heat and pressure, creating bubbles or cells within the rubber matrix. These bubbles are trapped as the material solidifies during the curing process, resulting in a foamed structure.
The size, distribution, and stability of the foam cells can be controlled by the formulation of the rubber compound, the type and amount of blowing agent used, and the extrusion process parameters.
The combination of the curing and foaming mechanisms enables the production of extruded foam rubber tubes with unique properties, including lightweight, cushioning, and insulation capabilities suitable for various applications in industries such as automotive, construction, and insulation.