MASTER PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

Rubber Compounding for Durability

Are you challenged to make your rubber products last longer?  Rubber compounds are complex mixtures of polymers, reinforcing fillers, oils / plasticizers, curatives, stabilizers, and other additives that are combined in relatively quick mixing processes.  Durability is impacted by all these ingredients, their interactions, and the quality of the mixing.  This one-day course will teach compounding strategies to improve the strength and lifetime of rubber components.  This specialized training will benefit materials engineers, compounders, rubber chemists, product development engineers, R&D scientists, and rubber lab managers at manufacturers of tires and rubber parts and companies that supply raw materials.

Course Objectives

  • Understand how rubber fatigue and failure characteristics are influenced by materials selection and compound structural features
  • Learn compounding strategies to improve strength and fatigue lifetime
  • Know the right testing methods to characterize rubber durability efficiently in the lab

Agenda – June 12, 2018

One-Day Course: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

  • What types of failure are manifested in your products, and what is durability worth to you?
  • Compound stiffness and deformation control mode in rubber applications
  • Overview of durability testing methods in the rubber laboratory
  • Basics of rubber formulations and mixing approaches
  • Polymer selection: chemical stability, strain-induced crystallization, molecular mobility, polymer blends
  • Effects of type, density, and distribution of crosslinks
  • Filler type, dispersion, and reinforcement topics, including processing effects and crack precursors
  • The fatigue threshold and how to increase through compounding
  • Mechanisms of aging / degradation and formulation approaches for suppressing
  • Hysteresis: Help or hindrance?
  • Simulation for materials selection and durability prediction

Format

The course includes lectures and classroom exercises focused on understanding fatigue behavior of rubber and developing compounding approaches to improve durability.  Lunch and snacks are included.

Location: University of Akron – Akron Polymer Technology Services
(formerly the Akron Polymer Training Center and Applied Polymer Research Center)

Instructor

Dr. Chris Robertson is an international authority on polymer science and rubber compounding for performance. He brings over 15 years of materials research and product development experience at tire and rubber companies and raw materials suppliers.  Chris is co-inventor of 32 patents, co-author of 55 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and serves as Associate Editor of Rubber Chemistry & Technology.

 

June 12, 2018 – Register Online

Need to print a copy for your company to process?   –    Agenda and Registration.pdf

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Reliable Design of Rubber Components

Fatigue issues can challenge any product development team. There are many factors that govern fatigue behavior, tensions between conflicting business imperatives, plus real risks and high costs along all realistic forward options. Endurica’s training offerings will bring you up to speed on the principles and practices that govern fatigue failure in rubber, and on best practices for testing, design and analysis. Position your company to navigate durability issues like a pro!

Making the right calls

To assure your product’s durability is easier when your team understands the principles that govern fatigue failure, and knows their options. Endurica provides training that brings you up to speed quickly. We offer public events, as well as private training for your team. Contact us today to get on our schedule!

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Courses Offered

CHARACTERIZING ELASTOMER FATIGUE BEHAVIOR FOR ANALYSIS AND ENGINEERING

Understanding essential principles and practices of material characterization for fatigue life prediction; strategies and procedures for planning effective fatigue test programs, making effective use of crack nucleation and fracture mechanics tools.

 

 

October 22-24, 2018  –   Register Online

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APPLICATION OF RUBBER FATIGUE ANALYSIS WITH ENDURICA CL

For many companies, validating the service life for an elastomeric product is the most time-consuming and expensive stage of the product development process. The physical testing requires investment in prototypes that will be destroyed and lengthy trials that execute on expensive equipment. This course shows how Endurica CL software can be applied to virtually evaluate fatigue performance and solve design issues at the concept stage. After this two-day course, you will be ready to use the software to diagnose and solve fatigue issues.

October 25-26, 2018   –  Register Online

Need to print a copy for your company to process?   –    Agenda and Registration.pdf

 

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 About your instructor

W.V. MarsDr. Will Mars is an internationally acclaimed authority on the topic of damage mechanics in elastomers, and an award-winning speaker. He brings to his lectures two decades of experience developing product testing and simulation methods in the rubber industry, as well as experience teaching graduate courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo. Dr. Mars has received several awards for his scientific contributions and innovations, including the 2017 Arnold Smith Special Service Award and the 2007 Sparks-Thomas Award — both from the Rubber Division ACS (American Chemical Society) , and the 1999 Henry Fuchs Award of the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Fatigue Design & Evaluation committee. Dr. Mars is also the current editor of the journal Rubber Chemistry & Technology, and is a past editor of Tire Science Technology.

 

What Attendees are Saying . . .

“Great hands on, very applicable to my FEA work.”

“Gave me awareness of issues we need to consider.”

“Knowledgeable instructor, helpful class discussion.”

 

 

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