The aim of this thesis is to present the results obtained,
to interpret them in terms of adsorbed rubber,
interparticular rubber and matrix rubber, and to assess
their relative importance in controlling the
processibility and physical properties of silicone rubber.
The secondary aim is to consider their relevance to the
broader issue of the particulate reinforcement of rubbers.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.