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What Causes The Belt To Age?

Aug 30, 2019

What causes the conveyor belt to age?


    1. Oxygen: Oxygen undergoes a free radical chain reaction with rubber molecules in the rubber, and the molecular chain is broken or excessively crosslinked, causing a change in rubber properties. Oxidation is one of the important reasons for rubber aging.

    2. Ozone: The chemical activity of ozone is much higher than that of oxygen, and it is more destructive. It also breaks the molecular chain, but the effect of ozone on rubber is different depending on whether the rubber is deformed or not. When it is used as a rubber for deformation (mainly unsaturated rubber), a crack perpendicular to the direction of stress action occurs, that is, "ozone cracking"; when it acts on a deformed rubber, only an oxide film is formed on the surface without cracking.

    3. Heat: Increasing the temperature can cause thermal cracking or thermal crosslinking of the rubber. But the basic role of heat is activation. Increasing the rate of oxygen diffusion and activating the oxidation reaction to accelerate the oxidation reaction rate of the rubber is a ubiquitous phenomenon of aging - thermal aging.

    4. Light: The shorter the light wave, the greater the energy. What is damaging to rubber is the higher energy of ultraviolet light. In addition to ultraviolet rays directly causing the breakage and cross-linking of rubber molecular chains, rubber generates free radicals by absorbing light energy, which initiates and accelerates the oxidation chain reaction process. Ultraviolet light plays a role in heating. Another feature of light action (unlike heat) is that it mainly occurs on the surface of the oak. For samples with high gel content, there will be reticular cracks on both sides, the so-called "outer layer cracking".

    5, mechanical stress: the conveyor belt under the repeated action of mechanical stress and the continuous friction process with the roller, the rubber molecular chain breaks to form a free radical, triggering the oxidation chain reaction, forming a force chemical process. Mechanically broken molecular chains and mechanically activated oxidation processes. Which one can prevail depends on the conditions in which it is located. In addition, it is easy to cause ozone cracking under stress.

     6. Moisture: There are two aspects to the effect of moisture: when the rubber is exposed to humid air or immersed in water, it is easily destroyed. This is because the water-soluble substances and water-clearing components in the rubber are extracted by water. Caused by hydrolysis or absorption. Especially in the alternating action of water immersion and atmospheric exposure, the rubber damage will be accelerated. However, under certain circumstances, moisture does not damage the rubber, and even the effect of delaying aging on the rubber is chemical media, variable metal ions, high-energy radiation, electricity and biology.