Effect of fillers on thermal and mechanical properties of polyurethane elastomer

Benli, S
Yilmazer, U
Pekel, F
Özkar, Saim
The effects of five different types of fillers on the thermal and mechanical properties of hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene-based polyurethane elastomers were explored to develop a filled polyurethane elastomeric Liner for rocket motors with hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene-based composite propellants. Two types of carbon black, silica, aluminum oxide, and zirconium(III)oxide were used as filler. Based on the improvement in the tensile properties and the erosion resistance achieved in the first part of the study, an ISAF-type carbon black was selected to be used as the main filler in combination with an additional filler, The second part involves the investigation of polyurethane elastomers containing a second filler in various amounts in addition to the ISAF-type carbon black used as the main filler. In addition to the thermal and mechanical properties, the processability of the uncured polyurethane mixtures were also explored by measuring the viscosity in this second part of the study. The studied fillers do not considerably change the thermal degradation temperatures and the thermal conductivity of the polyurethane elastomers with a filler content up to 16 wt %. The best improvement in the erosion resistance and tensile strength of the polyurethane elastomers with additional fillers is also achieved when filled with the ISAF-type carbon black, whereas the use of zirconium(III) oxide as additional filler provides almost no improvement in these properties. Viscosity of the uncured polyurethane mixtures increases with the increasing filler content and with the decreasing particle size of the filler. Aluminum oxide-filled elastomers seem to be the most suitable compositions having sufficiently high thermal and mechanical properties, together with the processability of uncured mixtures. (C) 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.