Processing of Elastomers

14 Dec 2018

Organised Rubber in Engineering Group (RIEG) of the IOM3

This afternoon technical discussion meeting (ATDM) examined the difficulties encountered when processing engineering elastomers used in a wide range of applications. As a first for an RIEG ATDM event all the speakers were women. Three of the speakers at the ATDM (from the left: Blume, Pitchford & Hobbs)

Preliminary programme:

Start time 13:30

Introduction - Prof James Busfield (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Updated Silicone Aerospace Specifications (1.1MB) - Emma Pitchford (Clwyd Compounders, UK)

Meeting the requirements for elastomer compounds that seal effectively at huge pressures, extremes of temperature and in aggressive environments whilst providing rapid gas decompression resistance and retaining  processability is explored.

One Coat Bonding Systems (1.0MB) - Merryn Hobbs (Trelleborg AVS, UK)

An evaluation of one coat technology bonding system alternatives for natural rubber to metal bonding, compared to an established two coat system. Identifying possible technical benefits and comparing various pre-prepared surfaces.

Incorporating silica into natural rubber (4.5MB) - Anke Blume (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

Mixing of silica into an NR masterbatch is compared to the mixing required for in situ silica / silane based compounds. The talk will discuss the effectiveness of the mixing process and the final dispersion of the silica in the rubber. 

Development of 3D cellular silicone structures using 3D printing (2.3MB) - Aleksandra Foerster (University of Nottingham, UK)

The work investigates a method based on a reactive inkjet printing approach to produce 3D silicone structures including printing parameters optimisation and physico-chemical characterisation of silicone inks and printed features.

This event was free as to attend thanks to the generous sponsorship of the RIEG Technical Programme by ARTIS.

Venue and booking

Event Location: 
297 Euston Road
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Prof. James Busfield (


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