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May 1 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Silicone rubber is comprised of inorganic-organic polymers. These materials consist of an inorganic backbone with organic side groups attached to silicon atoms. This family of polymers possesses unmatched versatility giving the formulator and user multiple forms and methods to crosslink the polymers into rubber materials having the widest service temperature range of any rubber material. This course is designed to provide the participant with a thorough understanding of silicone’s engineering characteristics. This class will take you from the creation of silicone from sand through formulating the compound and the various methods by which silicone can be fabricated into useful service articles. The subject matter will deal with the differences between high consistency rubber, caulks, and the various liquid silicone rubbers. This class is suitable for those individuals having various degrees of knowledge in silicone materials and applications.

Learning Objectives: At the completion of the course the attendee will be able to:

  • Contrast the differences between silicone rubber and other rubber materials
  • Discuss the influences of specific silicone polymer architecture on engineering properties
  • Choose the corrective additives to influence specific performance attributes
  • Recognize the differences between the different types of silicone rubbers
  • Contrast the different silicone rubber curing and fabrication systems
  • Discuss the engineering characteristics the make silicone rubber unique
  • Recognize when to use silicone rubber in an application
  • Apply the principles presented in this course to improve the quality of silicone rubber articles

Who Should Attend: This course is structured to benefit all those who design, make, buy or sell rubber articles manufactured from silicone rubber. The seminar will enhance those who have some level of experience and will lay a firm foundation for those new to work, buying or selling this unique material.

Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of chemistry.

Topical Outline:

  • What are silicones
  • How are they made
  • Differences between silicone rubber and other rubber materials
  • What makes silicone rubber unique and when to use it instead of other rubber materials
  • Influence of additives to during construction of the silicone rubber compound
  • Essential differences between high consistency and low viscosity and liquid molding
  • Types and influence of different cure systems
  • Manufacturing of silicone rubber compounds
  • Fabrication technologies
  • Troubleshooting

There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $550

Instructor: Joe Walker, Consultant, Elastomer Technologies

Hotel Information:

ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.



May 1
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


ACE Products & Consulting, iLearn Innovation Institute
6800 N. Chestnut St.
Ravenna, OH 44266 United States
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