Experiments were carried out to characterize the small-strain tension and compression behaviour of dicumyl peroxide crosslinked natural rubber. Strains that were smaller by an order of magnitude than any reported previously on natural rubber were achieved. Our results support the contention that the compression and extension moduli of natural rubber are different. A new finding is reported: that is, the moduli in tension and compression do not become constant but rather they increase significantly as zero deformation is approached.
- reduced stress
- rubber elasticity