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Polysulfide Rubber (PSR)

Polysulfide Rubber (PSR) An American chemist known as Joseph Cecil Patrick discovered Polysulfide rubber in 1926 by, while he was attempting to obtain ethylene glycol for use as an antifreeze. This rubber was commercialized under the trade name Thiokol, which eventually became generic. This was one of the earliest commercial synthetic polymers and was made by the reaction of sodium polysulfide with an organic dichloride.

Properties of Polysulfide Rubber (PSR)

Advantages of Polysulfide Rubber

These rubber is very soft, stretchy and long lasting. It is good for making molds with severe undercuts and/or very fine detail. There are some molds still in production which are more than 40 years old. Unlike other mold rubbers, PSR is not characterized by sulfur or water based modeling clays. Model preparation is very less. Once cured, these molds are good for casting wax and gypsum plasters. However, since heat resistance, compression set and mechanical strength are not very great, polysulfide rubber is recommended for specific applications which cannot be satisfied by any other elastomer. Temperature range required is -54 degrees to +107 degrees celcius. Polysulfide seals are recommended for service involving contact with solutions of ketones, ethers and petroleum solvents.

Disadvantages of Polysulfide Rubber

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