Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing, and Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods

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    *After the early bird period expires, registrants are subject to standard pricing.

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Describe the nature of each test method
    • Discuss why each method is performed
    • Interpret test results
    • Discuss how test results can be used to improve rubber fabrication

    Who Should Attend

    • Rubber technologists
    • Rubber chemists
    • Compounders
    • Process engineers
    • Laboratory supervisors, managers, and technicians
    • Quality assurance managers and engineers
    • Shop foremen
    • Technical sales personnel
    • Rubber producers and users
    • Anyone needing an understanding of ASTM rubber test methods

    Course Description
    Registration 8:00-8:30 AM on the first day of class.
    Class 8:30 AM-4:30 PM both days.


    Day One

    • Introduction
    • Tolerance Stack-up
    • Testing Bias
    • Rubber Compounds
    • The Rubber Testing Laboratory
    • General Test Methods
    • Rotorless Shear Rheometry (RPA)
    • Physical Test Methods to Characterize Vulcanizates
    • D2000 Tests
    Day Two
    • Natural Rubber Testing
    • Synthetic Rubber Testing
    • Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR)
    • Polybutadiene
    • EPDM
    • NBR and HNBR
    • Butyl Rubber
    • Polychloroprene
    • Polyisoprene
    • Carbon Black
    • Silica
    • Organosilane Coupling Agents
    • Mineral Fillers
    • Synthetic Ester Plasticizers
    • Vulcanization
    • Antidegradants
    • Recycled Rubber
    • Industry Reference Materials
    • ASTM Statistical Precision

    Referenced Documents
    D2000 Standard Classification System for Rubber Products in Automotive Applications

    Fee Includes

    • Referenced Documents
    • Free 1-year membership in ASTM International and Committee D11 on Rubber and/or Committee D24 on Carbon Black
    • ASTM Manual 39 Basic Rubber Testing: Selecting Methods for a Rubber Test Program
    • Continental Breakfast and Afternoon Refreshment Breaks
    • Certificate of Completion with 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    About the Instructors

    Peter C. Surette Sr.

    Since 1969, Mr. Surette has held various positions in the rubber industry involving disciplines such as compound design, process evaluations, process and product enhancements, laboratory design, compound specification development, procedural and MSDS writings, technical training as well as sales and technical service. He has been a member of ASTM International since 1986, receiving the Society's Distinguished Service Award in December 1998. Since 1996 he has represented the United States as a member, and then as a voting delegate to the ISO Technical Advisory Group 45 on Rubber. Currently, he owns his own consulting business named Focused Solutions. Mr. Surette received his B.S. degree from University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1969 and his MBA from Plymouth State College in 1993.

    John S. Dick, a senior rubber scientist with Alpha Technologies, has over thirty years of experience in the rubber industry. Mr. Dick has authored over 50 journal and magazine publications and four books on polymer technology. He received the Monsanto Master Technical Service Award in 1994, the ACS Rubber Division Best Paper Award in 1995 and a University of Akron Appreciation Award in 1998 for Teaching Polymer Compounding Courses in their Continuing Education Program. He is a Fellow of ASTM International receiving the Award of Merit in 1990. In addition, he has represented the United States as a delegate to the ISO for the last 20 years. He was appointed in 1992 to be Leader of the U.S. Delegation to ISO TC-45 on Rubber. Mr. Dick teaches rubber technology courses at both University of Akron and University of Wisconsin continuing education departments. He received his B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1970 and an M.A. from the University of Akron in 1979.

    About Sponsoring Committees

    Established in 1898, ASTM is one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the most widely used and accepted global documents. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards contains 13,000 standards written by 34,000 members on 140 technical committees. These standards are widely used throughout the world as the basis of purchasing and other contracts, codes, laws and regulations. ASTM Committees D11 on Rubber and D24 on Carbon Black developed the standards referenced in this course.

    Free Membership in ASTM International
    Attend this course and receive a FREE 1-year membership to ASTM International and Committee D11 on Rubber. (Applies to new members only and may not be used to renew existing memberships.)

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    How Learning Will Be Assessed
    Learning will be assessed through a series of question and answer sessions.