Rubber Foundation Lecture
Elastomer service life will be discussed at an evening lecture forming part of the Time Dependent Behaviour of Rubber conference. Mike Roland from the Naval Research Laboratory will deliver the Rubber Foundation Lecture on 30 October in central London.
'The Vagaries of Elastomer Service Life Predictions' will describe two case studies:
• Fatigue failure of an elastomeric mechanical capacitor
• Thermal oxidation of a radiant heating hose.
It will also explore laboratory methods for addressing the failure of elastomers – fracture mechanics analyses and accelerated aging tests.
The Time Dependent Behaviour conference will cover the time and frequency dependent properties of elastomeric materials. A greater understanding of these materials and their reactions will open up new applications for rubbers, such as in sound and vibration isolation. The conference is organised by the Rubber in Engineering Committee of The Polymer Society.