This course will start in 2A and will continue in 2B. 18 lectures are spread over both quartiles.|
Additionally, one week of lab work in small groups is included. To give sufficient time to deal individually with this lab work, this course is spread over 2 quartiles.
Aim of the course: The student will understand the composition and process for the design and production of rubber products. The student will understand the behavior of different rubber compositions in different environments. These skills will enable the student to create new and more sustainable rubber products for different applications to meet future requirements.
Learning objectives to reach the aim of the course:
- Can describe the whole manufacturing process of rubber
- Can define different requirements for different rubber applications
- Know and can explain the function of different rubber ingredients inside a compound
- Can name and explain different in-rubber properties and how to test them
- Can differentiate different elastomers and can select the best suitable elastomer for a specific application
- Know the difference between carbon black and silica-filled rubber compounds and the required changes in the production process
- Can explain the unique viscoelastic behavior of rubber
- Can describe rubber reinforcement with regard to filler-filler, filler-polymer and polymer-polymer interactions
- Know why and how to crosslink different rubber compounds
- Can explain the main tire properties, how to test them and the possibility to improve them
- Know possibilities to face the increasing request for more sustainable rubber products
- Can explain and judge different recycling possibilities for rubber products
The lab assignment contains practical work in the lab for ca. one week in a small group. It covers the production of rubber compounds and their characterization in the lab. A written group report and an oral exam (presentation and discussion) based on the lab work (in a group of 2-3 persons) is included in this lab assignment. At the end of the course, a written exam has to be taken. The lab assignment grade and the exam grade count 50% for the final grade.