Introduction to Silicone Elastomers

Upcoming course dates

Oct 9 2019 - £525.00

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Course duration: 1 day

Shawbury, Shropshire, UK



This course will take place over one day, commencing at 9.15am and finishing at 4.30pm.

The properties and processing of silicone elastomers are often very different from other Elastomers. 

This course is structured to provide an understanding and overview of the main types of silicone elastomer currently available and will give a comparison of chemical structure; manufacturers; grades; properties; compounding; processing and applications between each type.

Enough basic polymer science is included to understand these topics, and extensive use will be made of samples and other visual aids to assist. Reference is made to the place of silicone rubber relative to other commercial polymers.

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Course Content

This course will cover:

Introduction to the major types of Silicone Elastomers:  (HVs, RTVs, LSRs).
Modifications to basic MQ (VMQ, PMQ, PVMQ, FMQ, FVMQ), structure and properties.
Compounding and additives.
Processing (moulding, extrusion, coating, fabrication, curing), concentrating on aspects peculiar to silicone elastomers
Commercial materials and grades.
Future Potential

Who Will Benefit?

This course will benefit:

Product designers; engineers; quality assurance; technical support; sales/marketing personnel.
Material suppliers; processors and manufacturers of finished and semi-finished products/components.
Anyone with an interest in Silicone Elastomers wishing to gain a better understanding of this material.

Presenter Information

John Manley, Principal Rubber Consultant - Smithers Rapra

John has gained a wealth of polymer knowledge from over thirty years' experience of working in the rubber industry. He specialises in rubber technology, failure investigation, material selection and compound development.

Gary Crutchley, Principal Rubber Consultant - Smithers Rapra

Gary spent seventeen years working in the tyre industry, developing rubber compound formulations. He has worked in both developmental and production-related roles, and is familiar with most rubber processing technologies.

You can read more about their expertise by clicking on their expert profile.