Introduction to Rubber Science and Technology

Rubber – a loosely cross-linked network of polymer chains that when strained to high levels will forcibly return to at or near it original dimensions. This course is designed to provide the participant with a thorough understanding of rubber’s engineering characteristics. This class will introduce the various sources of rubber, both natural and synthetic. The class will contrast the differences between rubber and plastics; including thermoplastic rubber. Detailed discussions on how to select the correct rubber polymer for the application, highlighting the pros and cons of each major rubber type. Rubber is used in the manufacture of automotive gaskets, oil seals, and rotating shaft seals; reciprocating seals; O-rings; pass through seals/gaskets; aerospace seals; and boots/bellows. The subject matter is well suited for both the novice as well as those who have some basic experience in the field.

What Will You Learn

At the completion of the course the attendee will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the difference between natural rubber and synthetic rubber
  • Contrast the difference between thermoset rubber and thermoplastics
  • Choose the correct rubber system for specific applications
  • Discuss the most common testing methods used to classify rubber characteristics
  • Describe and contrast the characteristics between different fabrication methods
  • Recognize the importance of cross-link density relative to rubber characteristics
  • Apply the principles presented to create specifications and improve the quality of rubber articles

Is This Course For You

This course is structured to benefit all those who design, make, buy or sell rubber products. The seminar will enhance those who have some level of experience and will lay a firm foundation for those new to working, buying or selling this complicated material.

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• What is rubber
• How rubber is classified
• How is rubber made
• Difference between natural and synthetic rubber
• Rubber vs. Plastics: differences
• Rubber types
• Establishing design targets
• How to select the correct rubber type from design targets
• Rubber formulating overview
• Rubber mixing methods
• Testing methods
• Rubber curing
• Cure state vs properties
• Rubber fabrication
• Product specifications