Natural rubber is a product coagulated from the latex of the rubber tree, hevea brasiliensis
The only non-synthetic rubber and has been in commercial use since the beginning of the 20th century.
Benefits of Natural Rubber
NR is fully biodegradable and currently accounts for almost 40% of the world’s elastomer consumption. It is frequently blended with other rubbers to derive an ideal combination of properties.
It has excellent water resistance and air resistance properties. It also has good alcohol and dilute-acid and bases properties. It has good oxidation resistance. Although NR can be used with water and dilute acids, alkalis and chemicals, EPDM is normally preferred for most aqueous applications.
Natural rubber features low compression set, high tensile strength, resilience, abrasion and tear resistance, good friction characteristics, excellent bonding capabilities to metal substrate, and good vibration dampening characteristics. It has poor resistance to attack by petroleum oils. It also has poor ozone and UV resistance.
NR is ideal for applications that require good resistance to abrasion, gouging and cut growth. It is easily bonded to metal and fabrics.