M.A. Doherty, Akzo Nobel, Arnhem
Akzo Nobel, whose fiber pallet includes Aramids, Polyesters, Nylons and Rayon is the worlds largest producer of Industrial Fibers. Many of these fibers find application as reinforcement materials in rubber composites where they impart both strength and dimension stability to the manufactured product. In all cases sufficient adhesion is essential for the optimal performance of the composite so that forces acting on the rubber can be effectively dissipated to the reinforcement cords.
In this presentation a brief history of the development of reinforcement fiber/rubber adhesion will be made. Later, both challenges and recent developments, especially in the area of Aramid surface activation, will be discussed.