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could you tell an easy method to define sulfur level of a rubber compound (except oxygen flask combustion method)?

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A combustion method for rubber which determines the sulfur evolved at 480 to 500 C is compared with the fusion and the zinc-nitric acid methods. In the combustion method an interaction occurs between sulfur and fillers present in the rubber.A value representative of the organically bound sulfur in an extracted specimen can be obtained by the combustion method when no reaction takes place between the sulfur and the fillers during combustion. The fusion method yields results in good agreement with the total sulfur added in compounding the rubber samples. Except in the presence of barium compounds, the zinc-nitric acid method likewise determines total sulfur. When barium compounds are present, barium sulfate is formed during the oxidation, and low values are obtained for the total sulfur.

No other precise method is know

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Luis Antonio Tormento

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Operational Chemical Engineer with specialization in rubber compounding and processing: - Vast knowledge on rubber molding techniques: extrusion, press and injection molding. - Marketing expertise on the development of applications of rubber chemicals, precipitated silica and specialty rubbers. - In his career he developed numerous production compounds for automotive and industrial hose, rubber mats, retread compounds, tire compounds, shoe soles and molded products. TPE/TPV/TPO applications

Experience

I have 36 years working in plant processing of hose, tire, shoes and press/injected cured rubber compounds and technical assistance for two big raw material suppliers: Chemtura and Nitriflex. Actually I have my own company

Organizations
2006-2011 - Rubber Division Director - Brazil Rubber Group 2008-2009 - Vice President - Brazil Rubber Group 2002-2007 - President - Brazil Rubber Group 2000-2001 - Technical Director - Brazil Rubber Group

Publications
Several papers published on magazines, congress and conferences about rubber processing and compounding

Education/Credentials
Chemical Engineer by FEI - Brazil (1979) Advanced Rubber Technology - Rubber Division (1992) University Expert on Plastic and Rubber - UNED (Spain) - 2002

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