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Characterizing Elastomer Fatigue Behavior for Analysis and Engineering
Application of Rubber Fatigue Analysis
Rubber Compounding for Durability
Training at YOUR Location


Join us the week before the International Rubber Conference and make the most of your trip. The training will run in two tracks. Track 1 is aimed at product engineering, structural analysis and testing professionals. Track 2 is customized for materials engineering and lab testing professionals. Endurica training gives your staff mutually reinforcing strategies optimized for cross discipline application. Avoid and solve durability issues, and get durability right!

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!

Endurica Master Training Courses

Characterizing Elastomer Fatigue Behavior for Analysis and Engineering
Endurica’s most requested course provides a thorough explanation of the essential principles and practices of material characterization for fatigue life prediction and strategies and procedures for planning effective fatigue test programs as well as making effective use of crack nucleation and fracture mechanics tools. Become a #fatigueninja. Our next available training dates:

August 27-28, 2019 – at the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC)  Brickendonbury, Hertford, United Kingdom. Click here for details.

October 21-23, 2019 – in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA  –  Register Online

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


Application of Rubber Fatigue Analysis
Take the essential understanding provided by the “Characterizing” course and revolutionize your firm’s development process. This two-day course shows you how Endurica CL software can be applied to virtually evaluate fatigue performance and solve design issues at the concept stage. Attendees have returned to their firms and revolutionized their design processes by using the software to diagnose and solve fatigue issues. Access registration information by click on the blue text below.

August 29-30, 2019 – at the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC)  Brickendonbury, Hertford, United Kingdom. Click here for details.

October 24-25, 2019 – in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA – Register Online

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



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.”

“I learned more than expected!”

“Excellent Training ~ Thanks!”

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 two-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

Two-Day Course: 

Day 1: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

  • Introduction: What types of failure are manifested in your products, and what is durability worth to you?
  • Brief overview of rubber formulations and mixing approaches
  • Testing for durability in the rubber lab: Focus on efficient testing of crack nucleation and crack growth
  • Framework for compounding for durability
  • Polymer selection: Chemical stability, strain-induced crystallization, molecular mobility, polymer blends
  • Crosslinking effects: Effects of type, density, and distribution of crosslinks

Filler type, dispersion, and reinforcement topics, including processing effects and crack precursors

Day 2: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

  • Stiffness and deformation control mode
  • Influence of oils, plasticizers, and resins
  • Stabilizing against aging
  • Simulation for materials selection and durability prediction
  • Wrap-up discussions, final Q&A 


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.


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.

What Attendees are Saying . . .

“Good combination of cracking mechanics
and compounding effect theory.”

“Great instructional style. There are a lot of instructors that throw complex formulae into a presentation from a theoretical standpoint. Chris always brought it back to the real world and kept a very practical outlook. “

“The course provided a great blend of theory of tearing and abilities to ‘move’ the tearing energy. Chris was very open to comments and discussion. He was knowledgeable and spoke candidly. I enjoyed the content and found it relevant to my work. It was nice that Chris seemed to be enjoying his work as well.”

August 29-30, 2019 – at the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC)  Brickendonbury, Hertford, United Kingdom. Email Jean Louis Poisson for details.

November 7-8, 2019 – Crystal Glen Office Center, 39555 Orchard Lake Road, Novi, Michigan USA. Email Christopher Robertson for details.

Do you have what it takes to be a Fatigue Ninja?

Endurica Fatigue Ninja#FatigueNinja: a highly-skilled engineer who understands the fatigue fundamentals of rubber and is trained in the use of Endurica solutions to Get Durability Right. 

199 NEW Fatigue Ninjas
to Date

China – Europe – India – USA

135 NEW Fatigue Ninjas
China – Europe – India – USA

Training is available at YOUR site

Endurica’s professionals can provide customized training at your location anywhere in the world. Contact Chris Robertson with your durability challenge – by phone at 419-957-0543 or via email at

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