Advanced Manufacturing

Basics of Silicone Rubber Science and Technology


October 14, 2019 Troy, MI SAE International Classroom Seminar

Silicone rubber is comprised of inorganic-organic polymers. These materials consist of an inorganic backbone with organic side groups attached to silicon atoms. This family of polymers possesses unmatched versatility giving the formulator and user multiple forms and methods to cross link the polymers into rubber materials having the widest service temperature range of any rubber material. This course is designed to provide the participant with a thorough understanding of silicone’s engineering characteristics. This class will take you from creation of silicone from sand through formulating the compound and the various methods by which silicone can be fabricated into useful service articles. Silicone rubber is used in the design and manufacture of automotive gaskets, O-rings, aerospace seals, industrial static seals, appliance seals, plate seals and molded and extruded seals and gaskets. The instructor will address the differences between high consistency rubber, caulks, and the various liquid silicone rubbers. This class is suitable for those individuals having various degrees of knowledge in silicone materials and applications.