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Inorganic fillers influence on the radiation-induced ageing of a space-used silicone elastomer

Roggero, Aurélien and Dantras, Eric and Paulmier, Thierry and Tonon, Claire and Dagras, Sabine and Lewandowski, Simon and Payan, Denis Inorganic fillers influence on the radiation-induced ageing of a space-used silicone elastomer. (2016) Polymer Degradation and Stability, 128. 126-133. ISSN 0141-3910

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2016.03.010


A space-used filled silicone rubber (silica and iron oxide fillers) and its polysiloxane isolated matrix were exposed to high energy electrons in order to determine their ageing mechanisms from a structural point of view. Physicochemical analysis evidenced that both filled and unfilled materials predominantly crosslink under such irradiation. Solid-state 29Si NMR spectroscopy allowed the identification of T-type SiO3 units as the main new crosslinks formed in the polymer network. It also revealed an increase in Qtype SiO4 units in the irradiated filled sample. Thanks to the combination of NMR spectroscopy and ammonia-modified swelling tests, these Q-type units were associated with new crosslinks formed at the silica fillers-matrix interface. While the main interaction between the polysiloxane network and the fillers was shown to proceed mainly through hydrogen bonding in the pristine filled samples, it was suggested that the hydrogen bonds were progressively replaced with SiO4 chemical bonds. These additional chemical crosslinks induced evolutions of the shear modulus on the rubber plateau and crosslink density that were significantly more pronounced in the filled material than in the neat one.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com The original PDF of the article can be found at Polymer Degradation and Stability website : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141391016300623
HAL Id:hal-01345996
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > Airbus (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National d'Études Spatiales - CNES (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Office National d'Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales - ONERA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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