Effect of silica on viscosity, tack, and shear strength of epoxidized natural rubber-based pressure-sensitive adhesives in the presence of coumarone-indene resin

Imran Khan, B. T. Poh

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The viscosity, loop tack, and shear strength of silica-filled epoxidized natural rubber (ENR 25 and ENR 50 grade) adhesive were investigated using coumarone-indene as the tackifying resin. Silica loading was varied from 10-50 parts per hundred parts of rubber (phr), whereas the coumarone-indene concentration was fixed at 40 phr. Toluene was used as the solvent throughout the study. Polyethylene terephthalate substrate was coated at various adhesive coating thicknesses, i.e., 30, 60, 90, and 120 μm using a SHEEN Hand Coater. Viscosity of the adhesive was determined by a HAAKE Rotary Viscometer whereas loop tack and shear strength were measured by a Llyod Adhesion Tester operating at 30 cm/min. Result shows that viscosity of the adhesive increases gradually with increase of silica loading due to the concentration effect of the filler. Both loop tack and shear strength show maximum value at 40 phr silica for ENR 25. However, the respective values for ENR 50 are 20 and 40 phr of filler. This observation is attributed to the maximum wettability and compatibility of adhesive on the substrate at the respective silica loadings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3439-3444
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2010



  • Rubber
  • Shear strength
  • Silica
  • Tack
  • Viscosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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