Webinar: Compounding 104: Anti-Degradants

Build your knowledge of rubber compounding with this complimentary webinar series from the experts at Smithers Rapra.

Original run date: Thursday, March 28, 11:00 a.m. | download below

Natural rubber and most synthetic rubbers contain unsaturated carbon-carbon double bonds in their backbones. These sites on the backbone are susceptible to oxygen and ozone attack, and the presence of light, heat, metals, and flexing will greatly accelerate the degradation process. The addition of anti-degradants to the rubber compound offers protection against such attacks and will greatly extend the service life of vulcanized rubber products.

In this upcoming one-hour webinar, Christine Domer, General Manager of Smithers Rapra’s Analytical and Physical Testing Labs, will discuss degradation mechanisms, the main theories of the anti-oxidant and anti-ozonant protection mechanisms, and the types of anti-degradants available. Christine will also cover some example anti-degradant systems in several rubber product applications.

This webinar is the fourth in a five-part series on rubber compounding. Headquartered in the rubber capital of the world, Smithers has been serving the rubber industry for nearly 100 years. With this webinar series, the experts at Smithers aim to provide a functional understanding of the basics of rubber compounding to anyone in the rubber industry, regardless of background, job role, or experience.

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Compounding 102: Fillers & Process Oils | download > 
Compounding 103: Cure Systems | download > 
Compounding 105: Testing | download > 

About the Presenter

Christine Domer, General Manager, Analytical and Physical Testing Labs

Christine has over 30 years of material science experience in the tire and rubber industries, with special expertise in raw materials, cure development engineering, compounding, reinforcements, and processing in both tire and non-tire applications. Christine joined the Smithers team in 2016 and is General Manager of the Akron Laboratories (both chemical and physical labs) and the Smithers Tire Analysis Report.