Inspection of internal filler alignment in visibly opaque carbon-black–rubber composites by terahertz polarization spectroscopy in reflection mode

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Abstract

As the industrial utilization of polymeric materials is increasing owing to recent improvements in material durability and functionality, product safety becomes an important issue. Therefore, various inspection methods for polymeric materials are being developed. In this work, the rapid and non-destructive inspection of the averaged internal orientation of conductive carbon black fillers in rubber composites is demonstrated using a handmade high-speed terahertz polarization spectroscopy system that employs reflection geometry. From the birefringent information obtained from the black rubber sample (with arbitrary stretching condition), the internal orientation of the conductive fillers, which plays an essential role in the properties of the rubber composite, was determined. In addition, since data acquisition with the reflection method is fast, the spatially resolved measurement of the filler orientation could also be performed. The information of the internal orientation of the carbon black fillers allows verification of the condition of the rubber product.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-201
Number of pages6
JournalPolymer Testing
Volume72
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Black rubber
  • Carbon black filler
  • Internal filler orientation
  • Reflection geometry
  • Terahertz polarization spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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