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CHAPTER 23

Life Cycle Analysis, Ageing and Degradation Behaviour of Natural Rubber Based Blends and IPNs

Polymeric materials have the potential to generate a significant impact on the environment throughout their life cycle, including depletion of finite, non-renewable resources and generation of solid waste. Therefore, it is essential to identify more sustainable ways of using and managing polymers. Thus, it becomes quite important to evaluate the ageing and degradation of these polymers. The purpose of the present chapter is to give an overview of recent works carried out in the field of life cycle analysis, ageing and degradation of natural rubber based blends and interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs).

Print publication date: 05 Dec 2013
Copyright year: 2014
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-610-7
PDF eISBN: 978-1-84973-764-7
From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series