Basics of Silicone Rubber Science and Technology

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.

What Will You Learn

At the completion of the course the attendee will be able to:
  • Explain the differences between silicone rubber and other rubber materials
  • Discuss the influences of specific silicone polymer architecture on engineering properties
  • Formulate the corrective additives to influence specific performance attributes
  • Compare the differences between the various types of silicone rubbers
  • Contrast the different silicone rubber curing and fabrication systems
  • Describe the engineering characteristics that make silicone rubber unique
  • Recognize when to use silicone rubber in an application
  • Apply the principles presented in this course to improve the quality of silicone rubber articles

Is This Course For You

This course is structured to benefit all those who design, make, buy or sell rubber articles manufactured from silicone rubber. The seminar will enhance the knowledge of those who have some level of experience and will provide a firm foundation for those who are new to working with silicone rubber, procuring or selling this unique material.

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  • What are silicones
  • How are they made
  • Differences between silicone rubber and other rubber materials
  • What makes silicone rubber unique and when to use it instead of other rubber materials
  • Influence of additives during construction of the silicone rubber compound
  • Essential differences between high consistency and low viscosity and liquid molding
  • Types and influence of different cure systems
  • Manufacturing of silicone rubber compounds
  • Fabrication technologies
  • Troubleshooting