Webinar: Compounding 105: Laboratory Testing

Webinar: Compounding 105: Laboratory Testing

Original run date: Wednesday, May 15, 11:00 a.m. | download below

When developing a rubber compound, there are many important decisions to make regarding polymers, fillers, process oils, cure systems, and anti-degradants. At the start of formulating, before beginning a lab test program, it’s crucial to ask a few questions:

  • What is the application? Static or dynamic?  Product performance requirements?
  • What are the critical process requirements for raw materials selected and compound processing?
  • What are the expected ambient and/or environmental conditions?  Any chemical or fluid exposures expected?

In this upcoming one-hour webinar, Christine Domer, General Manager of Smithers Analytical and Physical Testing Labs, will discuss in more detail the questions to keep in mind when setting up compound development test plans and review some common rubber tests:

  • Processability testing
  • Physical property testing
  • Fatigue and abrasion testing
  • Weathering, chemical, and solvent exposure testing
  • Adhesion testing

Finally, Christine will walk through the test protocols for two case studies of real-world rubber products.

This webinar is the fifth and final 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.

Compounding 101: Polymers | download > 
Compounding 102: Fillers & Process Oils | download > 
Compounding 103: Cure Systems | download > 
Compounding 104: Anti-Degradants | 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.


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