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Rubber Compounding: Materials and Methods

Course# Date Time Location
176-1205 06/05/2025 - 06/06/2025 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
Cost: $1,800.00 USD
Online Registration
CEU's: 7.0
Instructor: Dr. Erol Sancaktar

Course Overview

This two-day course provides an intensive overview of rubber compounding for product performance. It is geared towards rubber compounders, rubber chemists, process engineers, product engineers, laboratory managers, R&D scientists, technical service representatives and material suppliers. The course covers Rubber/Elastomer Material Basics, Applications, Rheological Behavior and Characterization of Rubber/Elastomer Materials, Types of Mixing Process, Rubber Testing, Fillers (Particle Size and Shape}, Additives. Curatives, Extracted Ingredients and Crosslink Density, Pyrolyzed Biomass Fillers and their Effects on Mechanical and Electrical Properties, Novel Methods of Fatigue Testing for Understanding Payne and Mullins Effects, Residual Strength and  Viscoelastic Effects, Application of Micro CT-Scan for Nondestructive Testing and Fiber/Cord Adhesion, Pull-out Testing.

Online Course Requirements

We want you to have a great experience participating in our remote (online) courses, and for that, you’ll need the right equipment and internet connection.

Minimum needs are:

  • A broadband internet connection that has at least a 2 Mbps upload and download speed.
  • A computer (PC or Mac) that can support the latest web browser versions.
  • At least 4 GB of RAM and adequate hard drive space.
  • A microphone and a speaker.
  • International Students: For virtual (online) courses, an additional fee will be assessed to cover the cost of shipping the professional binder (presentation slides), to your address. The cost of international shipping can be significant.

For more information, visit our Online Course Requirements webpage.

Instructor Biography:

Dr. Erol Sancaktar received his Ph.D. (Eng. Mechanics) and M.S. (Mech. Eng.) degrees from Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of ASME and has served as Chair of ASME Tech. Committee on Reliability Stress Analysis, and Failure Prevention (1997-2008, 2013-present). He served as Associate Editor for the ASME J. Mech. Design (1995-2006) and Medical Devices (2006-2013). He was a faculty member at the Mechanical Eng. Dept. at Clarkson University during 1978 to 1996 before joining Univ. Akron in 1996 as Professor of Polymer Eng. He was also appointed Professor of Mechanical Eng. in 2009. Dr. Sancaktar currently holds the title, Professor Emeritus at the University of Akron’s School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (since August 2020). Prof. Sancaktar edited 25 books and Journal Special Issues, authored 111 refereed journal articles, 30 articles in books edited by others, including 2 chapters in ASM Engineered Materials Handbook, as well as two chapters in Handbook of Adhesion Technology by Springer. He delivered 244 technical presentations and has 4 patents. Dr. Sancaktar organized 30 Conferences.

Dr. Sancaktar served in 15 different Federal Government review panels and served as reviewer for numerous scientific research proposals, journal articles and books. He had over 18 consulting assignments, sabbatical and extended visits with various government agencies (i.e., NASA, U.S. Army), industrial establishments (Kendall Co., Chrysler Corp.), foundations and legal agencies, not counting one-day consulting/advising visits. Among these expert services was an over-billion-dollar case and expert witness testimony at the U.S. International Trade Commission (2017).

Prof. Sancaktar and co-workers obtained ~ $4M Research and Grant support with 56 projects during 1980-2022. These include 8 National Science Foundation grants (~ $1.1M and spanning over 25 years), 3 Teaching Grants and 20 projects sponsored by Industry.

Course Content Overview:

Section Titles:

Polymer Basics

Rubber/Elastomer Material Basics, Applications

Rubber Compounding Basics

Rubber/Elastomer Materials: Advantages and disadvantages; Uses; Blends/Alloys; Process Conditions: Natural Rubber, SBR, Polybutadiene, EPDM, Nitrile Rubber, HNBR, Butyl Rubber, Halobutyl Rubber, HIIR, Epichlorohydrin, CSM, Fluoroelastomer, FKM, Silicone Rubber, Polysulfide, Polyurethane Rubber Thermoplastic Elastomers, Thermoplastic Polyurethanes

Cellular/Foam Plastics

Rheological Behavior and Characterization of Rubber/Elastomer Materials

Types of Mixing Process

Extrusion, Injection Molding, Calendering, Compression Molding Basics

Rubber Testing

Fillers (Particle Size and Shape}/Additives/Curatives

Carbon Black: Common tests, ASTM D1765 Classification, ASTM Grades, Particle Size, Structure, Surface Activity, DBP Absorption

Effects of Carbon Black Properties on Processing and Cured Rubber Properties

Silica and Clay Fillers: Types of Silica and Clay, Advantages and Disadvantages

Pyrolyzed Biomass Fillers: Effect on Mechanical and Electrical Properties

Fatigue Testing: Novel Methods for Understanding Payne and Mullins Effects

S-N Behavior, Residual Strength, Viscoelastic Effects

Extracted Ingredients and Crosslink Density

Application of Micro CT-Scan for Nondestructive Testing

Fiber/Cord Adhesion, Pull-out Testing


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


Registration Form

Registration information: Registration shall remain open until posted as closed on the course listing on this site.

Registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, phone, fax or mail—will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Technology Services Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


Visit our registration webpage to view our cancellation/withdrawal policy.