The material selection platform
Plastics & Elastomers
The material selection platform
Plastics & Elastomers
Online Course

Rubber vs TPE: When to Select What?

On-Demand Course

Recorded on Nov 22, 2022

Gain greater control over your elastomeric part performance by choosing the right material (rubber vs TPE) in your end application (tires, seals, gaskets, medical equipments…)

Jeff Jansen will review the structure & composition of thermoset rubbers & thermoplastic elastomers, and compare & contrast both materials to help you find the material best suited for your application (using practical case-studies)
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Jeffrey A. Jansen Presented By:
Jeffrey A. Jansen

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

When you work with elastomers, material selection is often the most critical step and you must get it right to avoid product failure. But despite very different and unique properties, the two elastomeric materials (Rubber and TPE) can look and feel similar. Don’t let the limited availability of comparative information make you select the wrong elastomer for your application… Join this course and:

  1. Gain in-depth understanding of the structural and compositional differences between Rubbers and TPEs

  2. Select most suited elastomer depending on the application conditions to achieve desired properties (high flexibility, wide temperature range, good chemical resistance…)

  3. Optimize your product performance and avoid unnecessary product failure by better understanding the key characteristics of elastomeric materials

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Who should view this course?

  • Material Engineers, Designers, Quality Engineers working with Elastomers
  • Elastomeric material manufacturers

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Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this course:
  1. Overview of Elastomeric Materials

  2. The Structure of TPEs and Rubber – A Comparison and Contrast

  3. Rubber Materials
    • Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR)
    • Nitrile Rubber (NBR)
    • Chloroprene Rubber (CR)
    • Ethylene Propylene Diene Rubber (EPDM)
    • Epichlorohydrin Rubber (CO, ECO)
    • Fluoroelastomers (FKM, FPM)
    • Silicone Rubber (Q)
    • Polyurethane Rubber (PUR)

  4. TPE Materials
    • Styrenic block copolymers (SBC)
    • Polyolefin blends (TPO)
    • Elastomeric alloys (TPV)
    • Thermoplastic urethanes (TPU)
    • Thermoplastic copolyester (COPE)
    • Thermoplastic polyamide (PEBA)

  5. Properties – Strengths and Weaknesses of Each Type
    • Mechanical
    • Thermal
    • Chemical

  6. Processing

  7. Applications – Where is there overlap – Where are there difference
    • Seals, o-rings, gaskets
    • Tires
    • Hoses
    • Belts
    • Electrical insulation
    • Gripping surfaces
    • Toys and recreation
    • Medical devices
    • Housewares

  8. Material Selection

  9. Material Specification

  10. 30 mins Q&A – Ask your questions directly to the expert!

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Members Reviews

Very good explanation of the different classes of polymers

Vera F. , from PolyOne

Good explanation and overview of material differences. Helpful for material selection.

Julie S. , from Sika

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