If you are looking for a way to enhance your tire performance and reduce your production costs, you might want to consider using NXT Silane, a coupling agent for silica tire compounds developed by Momentive Performance Materials Inc. NXT Silane is a breakthrough product that can help you achieve lower rolling resistance without compromising wet traction, while also improving your mixing and processing capabilities.
What is NXT Silane and How Does It Work?
NXT Silane is a thiocarboxylate functional silane that can bond with both silica and rubber molecules, creating a strong and durable network in the tire compound. Unlike standard sulfur silanes, NXT Silane has a unique molecular structure that prevents premature scorching and allows for higher mixing temperatures and shorter mixing cycles. This means that you can achieve better silica dispersion and lower compound viscosity with less energy and time.
NXT Silane also has excellent compatibility with high-surface-area silica and functionalized polymers, making it easy to produce high-performance compounds with high silica loading. Additionally, NXT Silane can enhance the stability and durability of green compounds, preventing reflocculation over long periods of time.
What are the Benefits of Using NXT Silane?
By using NXT Silane in your tire compounds, you can expect to see several benefits in terms of tire performance and production efficiency. Some of these benefits include:
- Lower rolling resistance: NXT Silane can reduce the tan delta values and improve the resilience properties of the tire compound, resulting in lower rolling resistance and better fuel economy.
- Improved wet traction: NXT Silane can maintain or improve the wet traction of the tire compound, ensuring safety and reliability on wet roads.
- Enhanced dynamic properties: NXT Silane can improve the dynamic properties of the tire compound at low temperatures, from -20°C to +10°C, providing better handling and grip.
- Increased production efficiency: NXT Silane can enable faster and easier mixing and processing of the tire compound, reducing the number and duration of non-productive mixing steps and minimizing waste.
- Reduced environmental impact: NXT Silane can help you reduce your energy consumption and CO2 emissions by lowering the rolling resistance of your tires and optimizing your production process.
How to Use NXT Silane in Your Production Process?
NXT Silane is available in liquid form and can be easily added to your existing production process. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, you can use NXT Silane in different ways:
- As a drop-in replacement for standard sulfur silanes, without changing your formulation or process parameters.
- As a partial replacement for standard sulfur silanes, reducing the amount of sulfur silanes used and adjusting your formulation or process parameters accordingly.
- As an additive to standard sulfur silanes, enhancing the performance of sulfur silanes and adjusting your formulation or process parameters accordingly.