Most people tend to associate rubber with tires, tubes, elastic bands and pencil erasers but would need to know of many other uses of rubber. Due to high demand for rubber, the demand for rubber in various industries cannot be fully satisfied by the natural rubber. Bearing in mind that natural rubber cannot close the demand for rubber, artificial rubber tends to come in to close the remaining gap.
One would need to know that there is natural and synthetic types of rubber. Natural rubber is also known as latex and it is extracted from plants while artificial rubber tends to be made in a laboratory or a chemical plant. One would also need to note that natural rubber and synthetic rubber tends to share so much in common but tends to be very different both in processes used to come up with the final products as well as chemically.
Natural rubber tends to be tapped from plants which tends to be tapped as a runny milky white liquid. There are tens of plants that can be used to tap rubber but rubber plant tends to be the most commonly used type of plant. One would need to know that latex tends to be composed of third rubber particles and the other third is water where both are held in a colloidal suspension.
Synthetic rubber tends to be a chemical plant which comprises of petrochemicals. Synthetic rubber tends to be made by reacting hydrochloric acid and acetylene. The chemical properties of rubber determines the uses of rubber. One would have easy time guessing the uses of rubber the moment he or she understands the chemical traits of rubber. Among the chemical properties of rubber include the fact that it is stretchy, it is strong, and it is durable, waterproof, and elastic. Even when is guessing, he or she would easily guess uses such as waterproof clothes, and boots, sticking plasters as well as adhesives.
100% of tires tends to be made of rubber making the automobile industry consume about 50% of rubber in the world. A wheel tends to be made of the outer rubber which is harder and vulcanized while the inner rubber tends to be softer and does not allow air to pass through. The wide range of structure of rubber tends to make it best for making a wide range of products.
The softer latex tends to be used in making materials such as adhesives, pencil erasers, balloons, paint as well as protective gloves. One would also need to note that hard rubber tends to be used to make inflatables such as boats as well as garden ponds. The hard rubber is also used in making jacketing electrical cables, heat pipes as well as fiber optic cables.