Chapter 9: Tensile Testing of Elastomers
Elastomers comprise a subclass of polymers that display the ability to stretch and recover that is typical of a rubber band. This chapter describes the properties determined by tensile testing of elastomers and the factors influencing them, namely, structuring of the molecular matrix, compounding, specimen preparation, specimen type, vulcanization parameters, and temperature. The chapter also provides information on ASTM D 412, the most widely referenced standard for determining the tensile properties of elastomers.
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