Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2763

Full Length Research Paper

Effects of glass spheres on the mechanical characteristics of NR-SBR type elastomers

  N. Akcakale1, A.  Demirer2, E. Nart2* and I. Ozsert2    
  1Abant Izzet Baysan University, Gerede MYO, Bolu, Turkey. 2Sakarya University, Faculty of Technology, Mechanical Engineering Department, Esentepe Kampus, Sakarya, Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 25 March 2010
  •  Published: 30 April 2010



In this study, the effect of glass spheres on the physical and mechanical properties of NR-SBR elastomer-based shoe sole material was investigated. In the experiment, the blend of natural rubber (NR-RSS3) and styrene butadiene rubber (SBR 1502) in certain amounts were considered to use. Therefore, 2 newly developed glass sphere blends were prepared and tested. The new blends exhibited much better mechanical properties than the traditional ones. The results showed that glass spheres between 5 -13.5% in the new blends resulted in 23 to 31% decrease in the material cost. Additionally, the new blends exhibited higher mechanical properties compared to that of traditional ones.


Key words: Elastomers and rubber, vulcanization, physical properties.