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Course Information

About this Course

This course gives introduction to natural rubber and the various types of synthetic rubbers. These include the basic theory, properties and applications of natural and synthetic rubber and thermoplastics elastomers.

Course Syllabus

Review some general terms used to describe elastomers
The historical development of rubber technology
Markets and application of rubbery materials

Natural Rubber
Background Theory
Chemistry and structure
Natural polyisoprene ? cis and trans configuration
Technically specified rubbers (TSR)
Behaviours of NR in organic solvents ? solubility and swelling
Thermal behaviour of NR ? burning behaviour

Synthetic Rubbers
General Purpose and non-oil resistant synthetic rubbers
Styrene Butadiene Rubbers (SBR)
Synthetic Polyisoprene Rubbers (IR)
Polybutadiene Rubbers (BR)
Isobutene-Isoprene Rubbers/Butyl Rubbers (IIR)
Ethylene-Propylene Rubbers (EPM and EPDM)

Special Purpose Synthetic Rubbers
Acrylonitrile-Butadiene (nitrile) Rubber (NBR)
Chloroprene Rubbers (CR)
Silicone Rubbers (Q)

Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE)
Background Theory
TPE vs. thermoset rubber

Visit to IRPEC, LGM
Academic visit to IRPEC, LGM or Rubber Industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 : What is the difference between natural and synthetic rubber
A1 : The main difference between natural rubber and synthetic rubber is that natural rubber is a natural biosynthesis polymer obtained from a plant called Hevea brasiliensis whereas synthetic rubbers are man made polymers under controlled conditions