History of Rubber
A brief synopsis of events in the history of rubber.
Material Properties and Selection
How the molecular structure of natural and synthetic rubbers affect their properties and ultimate selection.
Compounding and Vulcanisation
The role of additives. The importance of vulcanisation. Optimising properties, processibility and costs. Getting the best from rubber.
The processes involved in converting the raw materials into finished products including mixing technology, extrusion, moulding and other processes. The Processes are described and the important central parameters highlighted.
Environmental and Chemical Resistance
The environmental factors that have the potential to cause degradation of rubber compounds and the effects that heat agency has on the network and finished properties. Methods of protection are described.
Recycling and Re-use of Waste Rubber
An overview of recycling rubber and the waste rubber market. A review of the various techniques and technologies that have been developed for recycling and re-using waste rubber and a summary of the many products that can be manufactured from recycled rubber, includng new rubber compounds, thermoplastic rubbers, composites with thermosets, construction products, fuel oils and energy generation products and recovered carbon black.
Key Mechanical Properties
An appreciation of the static and dynamic behaviour of elastomers and the influence of service parameters such as temperature, strain rates and environment, viscoelasticity is described and its consequences on product performance examined.
Syndicate sessions on a range of problems designed to reinforce the core topics and give opportunity for discussion and debate.
All of the lectures are covered by comprehensive notes and these also include additional notes on subjects such as physical testing.