Properties and Performance of Silicone Rubber
molecular network structures. Such network structures include: silicone rubbers; silicone gels;
silicone resins and silicone foams. The molecular variables that are important for governing the
mechanical properties of silicone networks include: the molar mass between crosslinks; the molar
mass distribution between crosslinks; the network junction functionality and the number of
elastically effective network chains [1-5]. A variety of additives are typically incorporated for
commercial applications. The main focus of this lecture will be to describe how molecular variables
govern the mechanical properties of silicone rubbers and the resulting performance of silicone
rubbers and silicone gels. Silicone rubbers also find applications as membranes in a variety of
industries. Some aspects of sustainability and risk assessment / risk management of silicone
systems will also be presented.
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