Introduction to Rubber Technology

The course will provide a sound introduction to rubber materials and their properties. It covers the fundamental aspects of rubber technology in a logical manner, from Material Selection, Compounding, Vulcanisation, Processing (conversion of raw materials into finished products), through to Mechanical Properties, Environmental Resistance, Testing and Specifications, Evaluation of product failure and finally interactive case study exercises.

Who will benefit

People who need a fundamental knowledge of rubber materials, for example

  • Staff working in the rubber industry (e.g. for companies which mould rubber products or material suppliers) both newcomers and those who have no formal training.
  • People from companies whose core business activities are outside the rubber industry, i.e. downstream users of rubber materials and components, who need an appreciation of rubber materials and how they are formed to be able to communicate confidently with their suppliers.

This activity is approved for Professional Development by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Course Content

  • 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.
  • Conversion - 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.
  • 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.
  • Case Studies - Syndicate sessions on a range of problems designed to reinforce the core topics and give opportunity for discussion and debate.
  • Further Notes - All of the lectures are covered by comprehensive notes


26 Feb 2020 - 27 Feb 2020


Shropshire, United Kingdom

Organiser Type



Smithers MSE Ltd
United Kingdom

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+44 1939 252312

Approved for Professional Development by IOM3

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