High-performance rubber sealant for preventing water leaks

Morinobu Endo, Kenji Takeuchi, Toru Noguchi, Yuichi Asano, Kazunori Fujisawa, Yoong Ahm Kim, Takuya Hayashi, Hiroyuki Ueki, Satoshi Iinou

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Abstract

Considerable amounts of water are being lost due to leaks. One of the main reasons for experiencing such large water leaks is the premature failure of rubber sealants in valves. Water leaks commonly originate from the presence of chlorine ions in tap water. Here, we demonstrate that the incorporation of surface-modified and highly crystalline carbon nanotubes allows the rubber sealants to maintain their sealing properties without experiencing any distinctive degradation over a wide range of temperature and environmental conditions over their expected lifetime. It is envisaged that environmentally friendly nanotechnology will save huge amounts of energy for purifying and transporting water around the whole world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9798-9802
Number of pages5
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume49
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 20 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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