The correlation between elongation at break and thermal decomposition of aged EPDM cable polymer

T. Sarac, J. Devaux, Nicolas Quiévy, Andrei Goussarov, Milan Konstantinovic

    Research outputpeer-review


    The effect of simultaneous thermal and gamma irradiation ageing on the mechanical and physicochemical properties of industrial EPDM was investigated. Accelerated ageing, covering a wide range of dose rates, doses and temperatures, was preformed in stagnant air on EPDM polymer samples extracted from the cables in use in the Belgian nuclear power plants. The mechanical properties, ultimate tensile stress and elongation at break, are found to exhibit the strong dependence on the dose, ageing temperature and dose rate. The thermal decomposition of aged polymer is observed to be the dose dependent when thermogravimetry test is performed under air atmosphere. No dose dependence is observed when thermal decomposition is performed under nitrogen atmosphere. The thermal decomposition rates are found to fully mimic the reduction of elongation at break for all dose rates and ageing temperatures. This effect is argued to be the result of thermal and radiation mediated oxidation degradation process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8-12
    Number of pages5
    JournalRadiation Physics and Chemistry
    StatePublished - 12 Oct 2016

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