Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Butyl Rubber

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_1765

n (1940) A synthetic elastomer produced by copolymerizing isobutylene with a small amount (ca 2%) of isoprene or butadiene. It has good resistance to hear, oxygen, and ozone, and low gas permeability. Thus, it is widely used in inner tubes and to line tubeless tires. Butyl rubber is a vinyl polymer, and is very similar to polyethylene and polypropylene in structure, except that every other carbon is substituted with two methyl groups. It is made from the monomer isobutylene, by cationic vinyl polymerization. It can also go by the name of Polyisobutylene. (1) Generic name for vulcanizable elastic copolymers of isobutylene and small amounts of diolefins. (2) Mixture of isobutylene, 98% and butadiene or isoprene, 2%. (3) Poly(isobutylene) with 2% isoprene. Manufactured by Bayer, Germany.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA