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Microstructure[edit]

I have added some pictures of TPE's to provide some basic underpinning of the topic. They help to explain why block copolymers have such interesting and useful physical properties Peterlewis (talk) 23:33, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

I think it is a great contribution. Federico Grigio, alias Nahraana (talk) 01:20, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

Dear all,

Could you please tell me what is the difference between TPE and TPR. It seems that TPR is under a group of TPE. Because the TPE can make in plastic or rubber. Actually, I do not know what is the property difference and cost difference between TPE and TPR. Can anyone help me. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.223.203.138 (talk) 18:01, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

Dear all,

Could you please tell me that is there any posibility of smell in thermo plastic rubber after mixing some recycled thermo plastic rubber.Somebody help me please. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 122.160.251.50 (talk) 12:27, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

Merge proposal[edit]

I am assuming that Thermoplastic elastomer and Thermoplastic rubber are synonyms. Is this correct? Biscuittin (talk) 17:57, 31 July 2011 (UTC)


Rubber and Elastomers are different http://www.dowcorning.com/content/discover/trivia-diff-elast-rubber.aspx — Preceding unsigned comment added by 107.20.180.134 (talk) 17:09, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Did you read your source? It's pretty clear that rubber and elastomer now mean the same thing, while they did not, historically. It's been almost 1 year since merge was proposed; I'll do it when I find the time, unless there are more objections or someone beats me to the merge. Rgambord (talk) 00:17, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

Content from merged article thermoplastic rubber[edit]

Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE’s) have gained notable attention due to a combination of their rubbery properties, such as low compression set, high flexibility, resistance to fatigue, and heat resistance. Their thermoplastic nature, including extrusion and injection molding as well as their simple preparation method also contribute to their popularity. The microstructure of TPE’s consists of a continuous phase thermoplastic matrix that also contains a dispersed rubber phase. As with TPU’s, TPE’s have also been widely used for various applications in automotive parts, electrical and medical industries, and packaging. This increased use may be due to their demonstrated endurance, their low density, and their relatively low manufacturing cost. TPE’s can be re-processed and reused. Most of these industry leaders believe this will greatly reduce production costs and liabilities associated with accumulating scrap and disposal. Fillers such as glass fiber, carbon black, talc, and calcium carbonate (at high loading levels) can improve the mechanical properties of TPE blends such as stiffness, heat distortion temperature, and dimensional constancy. However, when these fillers are added, it increases the weight of the TPE blends. This often makes them less desirable for automotive and aerospace applications.[1]

The mechanical properties of TPE’s depend on the properties of the individual components in the blend and on their respective concentrations in the materials. Polyamides can be used as crystalline polymers, which have outstanding mechanical properties. These properties include rigidity, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance for common applications. Polyamides can also be blended with elastomers to improve their impact strength and mechanical properties. Rgambord (talk) 00:42, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

  1. ^ Naderi, Ghasem; Razavi-Nouri,Mohammad; Taghizadeh, Ehsan; Lafleur, Pierre G.; Dubois, Charles,Preparation of thermoplastic elastomer nanocomposites based on polyamide-6/olyepichlorohydrin-co-ethylene oxide, Polymer Engineering and Science, Feb. 1, 2011