A research team from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Kufa and composed of the Head of the Materials Engineering Department, Prof. Dr. Ismail Muslim Alwan and Engineer Fatima Sabah, published a scientific paper entitled:
The effect of wool fibers on the structural and mechanical properties of styrene-butadiene rubber polymer
Effect of Wool Fiber on Structural and Mechanical Properties of Styrene Butadiene Rubber Copolymer
In the international journal Journal of Material Sciences and Engineering: IOP Conference Series, which are located in containers with an impact factor of 0.53.
In this work, styrene-butadiene (SBR) rubber blends filled with wool fibers (WF) were successfully prepared by compression molding using tetramethylthiuram disulfide (TMTD) as the catalyst. The wool fibers were mixed with rubber in proportions ranging from 25 to 150 with respect to the total weight of the SBR.
The researchers indicated that they examined the effect of fiber loading on mechanical properties, and examined the distribution and dispersion of the fibers in the rubber floor and the chemical composition using optical scanning microscopy (SEM) and infrared radiation, respectively. They explained that the results of this study may help in developing new methods of recycling keratinized wool waste into useful products, thus reducing environmental pollution.