Investigating Failure in Rubber Components


Shawbury, UK

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Course overview

Rubber materials are often used in engineering applications where reliable and consistent performance is critically important. But their failure can have damaging and expensive consequences. Understanding the cause can assist in rectifying the issue, limiting the damage and avoiding future failures. This one day course will provide an overview of material properties, selection, failure mechanisms and methods used to investigate failure.

The course will commence at 9am and end at 4.30pm

Learning outcomes

  • A basic understanding of rubber materials and their key properties.
  • A grounding in the principles of selection of rubber materials based on service requirements.
  • Knowledge of how rubber materials and components can fail.
  • The ability to recognise key modes of rubber component failure.
  • An introduction to the methodology employed in order to investigate rubber failure

Course content

Introduction to Rubber Materials
  • Basic introduction to what rubbers/ elastomers are, their fundamental properties and how this affects their performance.,
  • Why rubbers/ elastomers  need to be formulated and vulcanised to achieve durable performance.
Rubber types
  • Overview of the range of rubber types
  • Their structure and properties and how these can impact on their selection and durability in service.
Material selection
  • Process and criteria for selection of an appropriate rubber type to ensure it is suitable for a given working environment.
Causes of rubber component failure
  • Various different modes of rubber product failure and how to recognise them. Includes factors related to design, manufacture, service, environment and also human factors.
Rubber component failure investigation
  • The approach to take when investigating the failure of a rubber component.
  • Principle analytical tests involved in confirming the root cause.
Examples of rubber component failures
  • A number of typical examples of rubber component failure will be presented, with the cause and method of diagnosis explained.

Who will benefit?

This course will benefit anyone wishing to ensure that a rubber component or material they are using in their product is suitable for the intended service usage, or anyone actively involved in investigating rubber component failures.

Presenter information

You can find out more about our presenters by clicking on their expert profiles

What our delegates say

"Well presented, good information, practical information gained"
Christopher Wilson - Polymeric Labels

"Excellent, lots learned"
Moore Hills - AB Pneumatics

Questions and queries

Please contact Kerry Haralambou

Investigating Failure in Rubber Components

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