Investigating Failure in Rubber Components

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Oct 23 2019 - £525.00

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Course duration: 1 day

Shawbury Shropshire, UK


Rubber materials are often used in engineering applications where reliable and consistent performance is critically important. But their failure can  have damaging and expensive consequences. Understanding the cause can assist in rectifying the issue, limiting the damage and avoiding future failures.

Well presented, good information, practical information gained

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This one day course will commence at 9am and end at 4.30pm.

It   will provide an overview of material properties, selection, failure mechanisms and methods used to investigate failure.

Learning outcomes:

  • A basic understanding of rubber materials and their key properties.
  • Excellent, lots learned

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    A grounding in the principles of selection of rubber materials based on service requirements.

  • Knowledge of how rubber materials and components can fail.
  • The ability to recognise key modes of rubber component failure.
  • An introduction to the methodology employed in order to investigate rubber failure

Course Content

Introduction to Rubber Materials

  • Basic introduction to what rubbers/ elastomers are, their fundamental properties and how this affects their performance.
  • Why rubbers/ elastomers  need to be formulated and vulcanised to achieve durable performance.

Rubber types

  • Overview of the range of rubber types
  • Their structure and properties and how these can impact on their selection and durability in service.

Material selection

  • Process and criteria for selection of an appropriate rubber type to ensure it is suitable for a given working environment.

Causes of rubber component failure

  • Various different modes of rubber product failure and how to recognise them. Includes factors related to design, manufacture, service, environment and also human factors.

Rubber component failure investigation

  • The approach to take when investigating the failure of a rubber component.
  • Principle analytical tests involved in confirming the root cause.

Examples of rubber component failures

  • A number of typical examples of rubber component failure will be presented, with the cause and method of diagnosis explained.

Who Will Benefit?

This course will benefit anyone wishing to ensure that a rubber component or material they are using in their product is suitable for the intended service usage, or anyone actively involved in investigating rubber component failures.

Presenter Information

John Manley, Principal 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 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. 

Martin Forrest, Principal Consultant - Smithers Rapra

Martin has nearly forty years’ experience working in the polymer industry, and specialises in polymer analysis. He has worked with clients on material selection, failure investigation and performance optimisation projects.