Styrene-Butadiene rubber is much like natural rubber in many of its properties and is one of the lowest cost and highest volume elastomers available. Although its physical properties are somewhat less than natural rubber, SBR is tougher and slightly more resistant to heat and flex cracking. Much of its usage is in tire treads especially blended with other polymers. It can readily be substituted for natural rubber in many applications, thereby achieving significant cost savings. SBR is sometimes referred to as "GR-S" or Government Rubber-Styrene, as its development began as a wartime emergency, necessitated by an interrupted supply of natural rubber. SBR is actually a generic term covering a wide vareity of synthetic rubbers differing not only in the styrene-butadiene ratio, but also in the type of ploymerization by which they are made.
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-65 to 225 °F
*Excellent, good, fair and poor are intended to serve as general guidelines only. Actual testing in the application environment is always recommended.