Rubbers in Extreme Environments - University of Houston
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Why this program?

Rubber is a soft material with high extensibility and low modulus. It has also an excellent wear resistance and fatigue properties. Rubber can perform in very low temperature as well as moderately high temperature. Rubber is used in many critical applications in military, aircraft, subsea etc. and in areas where it faces extreme environments. Proper understanding of its behavior is required in these applications, without which there can be disaster.

Rubber is used in many energy applications in the oil and gas industries under extreme conditions and often the failure of rubber forces replacement of a part or the whole unit, thus delaying the process due to shutdown. With changing process conditions and technology, it is absolutely essential to understand the behavior of rubber in extreme conditions. There are challenges even for the existing products like tire because electric vehicles require a different set of specifications. The products specifications are also becoming very stringent these days. Hence, we plan to organize the microcredit course to disseminate the knowledge developed on the subject so far.

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Who should attend?

The Program has been designed with many groups in mind:

  • Those who are working in the oil and gas industries.
  • Those who are working in the tire and non-tire industries.
  • Those already in the rubber industries are seeing significant changes in recent years.
  • Those who are involved in polymer companies trying to understand the extreme conditions for development of their materials.
  • Those who want to develop a career/business in the field of rubber in critical areas.
  • Those in the sales and marketing with an engineering degree who would like to get acquainted with the use of rubber in critical applications.
  • Those who do not have the polymer background, but would like to learn and implement.

The Program will provide new information, new insights, and new skills that one needs to know for new demands. International participants are also welcome.

Pricing

COURSE PRICE:

$2,000

EACH

Schedule

The program will take place on October 28th (Friday) and October 29th (Saturday) from 8:00am-5:00pm, US Central Time with breaks in between each session. Each day will be 8 hours long with 4 sessions (each session is 2 hours) and the program will be available in-person at Melcher Hall building in room 140 and/or on a Virtual online meeting.

In-person attendees will also have exposure to our Labortories and the University.

*Tour of our Labortories and University will not be available for Virtual attendees.
*Breakfast and lunch will only be provided to in-person attendees.

RUBBERS IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS: OCTOBER 28 OCTOBER 29 |

Credentialing overview

This micro-credentialing program offers an understanding of challenges of how rubber behaves and fails in extreme conditions and solutions to prevent failure and develop better materials. It is taught by world class instructors, including accomplished faculty from the University of Houston, and leader from industry. The program is offered in 16-hour modules. The certificate provides a permanent record, endorsed by the University of Houston, that can be made a part of your resume to credential your new skills.

Instructors

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of rubber science, Polymer formation, Structure, Configuration, Glass transition temperature, Impacts of molecular structure, Cross-linking chemistry, and Rubber elasticity
  • Rubber compounding, various rubbers and ingredients, principles of compounding for extreme environment; Implications for marine and offshore environments
  • Behaviour of rubbers at very high temperatures, Aging of pristine rubber, Identification of molecular species by experiments and confirmation by simulation, Aging of Rubber vulcanizates, Thermo-mechanical properties, Physical and Chemical Aging
  • Failure of rubber - Mechanical properties, Impact of aging on mechanical properties; Correlating molecular changes to macroscopic properties
  • Behaviour of rubbers in high pressure and high temperature, Gaseous and Liquid Environments, Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Rubber durability in liquid and corrosive environments, Impact of salts and ionic species
  • Practical failure of rubber products in aggressive environment and their causes; Rapid Gas Decompression; Extrusion failure, Repetitive Cyclical and Dynamic Stresses; Understanding metal – rubber interface interactions
  • End of life analysis and monitoring, Monitoring protocols, End-of-life options; Rubber and Filler recovery and characterization

Learning objectives

After successfully completing this program, participants will be able to understand:

  • Rubber and rubber compounds that are used in critical applications.
  • Fundamentals of rubber science to make materials better with long life.
  • Behavior of rubber and soft materials under ambient and extreme conditions.
  • Analysis of rubber and rubber like materials.
  • Failure of rubber in extreme conditions and its prevention.
  • Life prediction and monitoring.

Credentialing program prerequisites

Either:

  • Industry professional
  • Rising senior in a bachelor’s degree program or graduate student; business, engineering, or technology preferred.

Frequently Asked Questions

The first step is to complete the

UH Energy will review your application to ensure that you satisfy the minimum requirements to register.

After we received your application, it will be reviewed by the admissions committee. They will notify you of their decision within two business days. If we are able to offer you a seat in the program, we will send you instructions for online payment. Your application will be accepted upon receipt of your payment.

Currently we only accept credit card payments.

Each day will be 8 hours long with 4 sessions (each session is 2 hours) and the program will be available in-person at Melcher Hall building in room 140 and/or on a Virtual online meeting.

In-person attendees will also have exposure to our Laboratories and the University.

*Tour of our Laboratories and University will not be available for Virtual attendees.
*Breakfast and lunch will only be provided to in-person attendees.

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