The article presents the results of testing thermal properties and combustibility of butadieneacrylonitrile
rubber with 18% contents of bounded acrylonitrile, NBR 18. Two types of silica, Zeosil 175C and Ultrasil VN-3, with different
specific surfaces were used as filler.
Zeosil 175C and Ultrasil VN-3 were modified via cryogenic dezaggregation method. The activity of
unmodified and cryogenic modified silica toward butadiene-acrylonitrile rubber were investigated.
The sulphur and peroxide vulcanizates contained 20, 30, 40, and 50 phr. of the filler were studied.
The article discusses also the test results of thermal stability and flammability of NBR 18 containing
silica prepared "in situ" from alkoxysilane precursor.
The test results were obtained with the use of derivatograph, measurements of flammability by the
method of oxygen index, and in air.
The effect of the silica modification on the SEM and AFM was also examined.
The method of cryogenic modification enables to achieve increase of mineral fillers activity towards
elastomer and reduction in the flammability of NBR 18 vulcanizates.
It has been found that the modification of the vulcanizates of NBR 18 with tetraethoxysilane that
makes it possible to form silica "in situ" reduces the flammability of cross-linked rubbers.