Manufacturing and Materials - P18311998


Prerequisites: Participants should have a college degree with basic engineering and chemistry.

Rubber – a loosely cross-linked network of polymer chains that when strained to high levels will forcibly return to at or near it original dimensions. This course is designed to provide the participant with a thorough understanding of rubber’s engineering characteristics. This class will introduce the various sources of rubber, both natural and synthetic. The class will contrast the diœerences between rubber and plastics; including thermoplastic rubber. Detailed discussions on how to select the correct rubber polymer for the application, highlighting the pros and cons of each major rubber type. Rubber is used in the manufacture of automotive gaskets, oil seals, and rotating shaft seals; reciprocating seals; O-rings; pass through seals/gaskets; aerospace seals; and boots/bellows. The subject matter is well suited for both the novice as well as those who have some basic experience in the field. LEARNING OBJECTIVES At the completion of the course the attendee will be able to: • Demonstrate the diœerence between natural rubber and synthetic rubber • Contrast the diœerence between thermoset rubber and thermoplastics • Choose the correct rubber system for specific applications • Discuss the most common testing methods used to classify rubber characteristics • Describe and contrast the characteristics between diœerent fabrication methods • Recognize the importance of cross-link density relative to rubber characteristics • Apply the principles presented to create specifications and improve the quality of rubber articles WHO SHOULD ATTEND This course is structured to benefit all those who design, make, buy or sell rubber products. The seminar will enhance those who have some level of experience and will lay a firm foundation for those new to working, buying or selling this complicated material.


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