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The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society will holds its 162nd Fall Technical Meeting and Rubber Mini Exposition October 8-11 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Symposia will include: Advances in rubber testing equipment; Continuous mixing; Engineering design of rubber components; Heat aging of elastomers under-the-hood: Hoses/belts; New commercial developments; Rubber recycling; Thermoplastic elastomers; and EPDM roofing.

The Suppliers' Cooperative Reception will take place Tuesday, October 8 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The 25 Year Club Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 9. The Rubber Division's Business and Awards Meeting will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 10.

The technical program for the 162nd Fall Technical Meeting of the Rubber Division is as follows (speaker's name is italicized):

Tuesday, October 8--Session A Symposium--Advances in rubber testing equipment

Arthur Lee, Bridgestone/Firestone, chair.

(1) Tilt mixer rotor evolution. Peter F. Glasser, Midlands Millroom Supply.

(2) An improved method for measuring surface roughness to indicate filler dispersion. John B. Putman, Tech Pro.

(3) A short rheological test to overcome the inadequacies of traditional scorch measurements. John S. Dick, Alpha Technologies.

Tuesday, October 8--Session B Symposium--Hoses/belts

Al Feit, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, and Allen L. Moorefield, Cooper Standard Automotive, co-chairs.

(4) Pre-dispersion, a novel method to enhance the dispersion of fibers into elastomeric compounds. Steven Monthey and Anders H. Johansson, Rhein Chemie.

(5) EPDM in coolant hoses: The right elastomer today and in the future. Graham Choonoo and Ger L. Vroomen, DSM Elastomers.

(6) Ethylene/acrylic (AEM) elastomers in fuel hoses and positive crankcase vent (PVC) tubing. Y.T. Wu, H.J. Barager and Klaus Kammerer, DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers.

Tuesday, October 8--Session C Symposium--Thermoplastic elastomers

Joe Muhs, Trimax, and Charles P. Rader, consultant, co-chairs.

(7) The rubber-thermoplastics continuum. Charles P. Rader, consultant.

(8) Case studies for thermoplastic vulcanizates after real-life applications. Joseph E. Pfeiffer and Andre Van Meerbeek, Advanced Elastomer Systems.

(9) A study on thermoplastic elastomer blend using rubber powder. Sung-Hyuk Hwang, Jin-Kuk Kim, Sung-Hyo Lee and Shi Xinyan, Gyengsang National University, Korea.

Tuesday, October 8--Session A Symposium--Advances in rubber testing equipment

Arthur Lee, Bridgestone/Firestone, chair.

(10) New technology for dynamic testing of elastomeric materials. Kirk K. Biegler, EnduraTec Systems, and Ric Carreras, Bose.

(11) Sine v's pulse input fatigue crack growth testing using self-contained, multi-station servo-hydraulic test equipment. Richard Shepherd, Richard Ward and Stephen Bowron, Materials Engineering Research Laboratory, U.K.

(12) New way of using rheometers in scanning mode for the cure of rubbers. J.M. Vergnaud, University of Saint-Etienne, France. and Iosif Rosca, University Politechnica, Romania.

(13) Viscoelastic measurements at high frequencies and over a wide stiffness range with accurate temperatures. Jonathon Foreman, Juergen Schawe and Matthias Wagner, Mettler-Toledo.

(14) Essential aspects for color quality control. Michael Miller, Minolta.

(15) Process of heating and cure in MDR rheometers under isothermal conditions. J.M. Vergnaud, University of Saint-Etienne, France, and Iosif Rosca, University Polytechnica, Romania.

Tuesday, October 8--Session B Symposium--New commercial developments

Andrew L. Tisler, Rhein Chemie, chair.

(16) Analytical services in the 21st century: State-of-the-art problem-solving for the rubber industry. John W. Zeitler, Rhein Chemie.

(17) Development of metallocene catalyst technology for the manufacture of EPDM rubber via the gas phase process. Sarah Martin, Larry Cady and David Denton, DuPont Dow Elastomers.

(18) New generation oil extended EPDM for applications where color counts. Susmita Bhattacharjee and Rayner B. Krista, Bayer Rubber, Ontario, Canada.

(19) Properties and performance of EPDM produced via gas-phase process using constrained geometry catalyst technology. Christopher S. Grant, Rajan G. Vara and Solomon H. Tang, DuPont Dow Elastomers.

(20) The power of performance additives. W. Mark Stewart, PolyOne.

(21) New AEM elastomers with improved performance. Douglas King, DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers.

(22) Technology, properties and application of synthetic rubbers in Russia: Current status, new development. Arkady S. Estrin, American Advanced Polymer LLC; Yury B. Monakov, Institute of Chemistry, Russia; Ludmila V. Masagutova, Financial Industrial Group, Russia; Valentine V. Sazykin, Russian Association of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Russia; Yury P. Bass, Central Tire Technology Institute, Russia: and Yury L. Morozov, Central Institute of Elastomeric Materials and Articles, Russia.

(23) Dependence of physical properties and processing behavior of blends of silicone rubber and fluororubber on blend morphology. S.K. De and Arun Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology, India.

Tuesday, October 8--Session C Symposium--Thermoplastic elastomers

Joe Muhs, Trimax, and Charles P. Rader, consultant, co-chairs.

(24) Novel thermoplastic vulcanizates which demonstrate excellent adhesion to metal substrates during melt processing. Marvin C. Hill and Mike Goncy, Advanced Elastomer Systems.

(25) New developments for oil and fuel resistant thermoplastic vulcanizates. Robert H. Schuster, M. Blume and A. Rynka, Deutsches Institut fur Kautschuktechnologie e.V., Germany.

(26) Dynamically vulcanized PP/ EPDM blends: Effects of different types of peroxides on the properties. K. Naskar and J.W.M. Noordermeer, University of Twente, The Netherlands.

(27) Novel dendritic (arborescent) polyisobutylene-polystyrene thermoplastic elastomers. Judit E. Puskas, Santanu Chattopadhyay and Yongmoon Kwon, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

(28) Continuous ultrasonic process for in-situ compatibilization of polypropylene/ natural rubber blends. Jeong Seok Oh and A.I. Isayev, University of Akron: and M.A. Rogunova, Polymer Diagnostics/PolyOne.

(29) Morphology of thermoplastic elastomers studied by atomic force microscopy. M.A. Rogunova, Polymer Diagnostics/PolyOne, and D. Jarus, PolyOne.

Wednesday, October 9--Session A Symposium--Heat aging of elastomers under-the-hood

Bob DeMarco, Zeon Chemicals L.P., chair.

(30) Higher demands on air conditioning hoses. Isaac U. Shilad, Parker Hannifin.

(31) Use of both chemical and physical tests for investigation of splits in SBR diaphragms. F.J. Walker, Fred Fraser and Joshua Kelley, Freudenberg-NOK.

(32) Novel compounding techniques for improved high temperature properties for HNBR. Edmee Files, Zeon Chemicals USA.

(33) Long term heat aging of various fluoroelastomers. Ronald D. Stevens, DuPont Dow Elastomers.

(34) Advances in new heat resistant ACM compounding technology for under-the-hood applications. Paul E. Manley, Andy Anderson and Rhoda Bruner, Zeon Chemicals L.P., and Kiyonori Umetsu and Isao Kubota, Zeon, Japan.

(35) A simple model for predicting beat aging of EPDM rubber. Arnis U. Paeglis, DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC.

Wednesday, October 9--Session B Symposium--Engineering design of rubber components

Judson T. Bauman, Elastomer Engineering & Testing, and Arthur R. Johnson, Army Research Laboratory, co-chairs.

(36) Thermo-mechanical analyses of dynamically loaded rubber cylinders. Arthur R. Johnson and T. Chen, U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

(37) Molecular based continuum models for tensile deformations of rubber. H.T. Banks, North Carolina State University: N.G. Medhin, Clark Atlanta University; and G.A. Pinter, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

(38) Model for damping in highly deformed elastomers. David W. Nicholson, University of Central Florida.

(39) Application of finite element method to predict explosive decompression damage in elastomeric components. Alok Kumar, AK Consulting Engineers.

(40) Some benchmark problems for FEA from torsional behavior of rubber. O.H. Yeoh, Lord.

Wednesday, October 9--Session C Symposium--Thermoplastic elastomers

Joe Muhs, Trimax. and Charles P. Rader, consultant, chairs.

(41) Streamlining new product development in TPEs. John Quarmley, Lou Rossi and Jim Morton, Principia Partners.

(42) Developments in aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane (ATPU) for exterior and overmolding applications. Gerald DiBattista and Wolfgang Kaufhold, Bayer.

(43) High performance clear thermoplastics elastomer. Jiren Gu and Tom Castile, GLS.

(44) Stretching the envelope: Two groundbreaking new applications of TPE to automotive body sealing. Wesley Thompson, GDX Automotive.

(45) Enhancing metallocene TPEs performance for extruded applications. Laura B. Weaver, Henry Beck and Dan Moldovan, DuPont Dow Elastomers Company.

Wednesday, October 9--Session D Contributed papers

Syed K. Mowdood, Pirelli Tire LLC, moderator.

(46) Morphological effects on wear. Joseph Padovan, consultant, and M. Nadeem Qureshi, University of Akron.

(47) BIIR green strength enhancement by propylene elastomers. Andy H. Tsou, Sudbin Datta and Ilan Duvdevani, ExxonMobil Chemical.

(48) Tread abrasion, rubber degradation and the mathematical morphology of tire debris particles. Giovanni F. Crosta and Marina C. Camatini, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy; Gaia M. Corbetta, Project Automation, Italy: Luca Martignoni, Galgano & Associati, Italy: Bongwoo Kang and Changmo Sung, University of Massachusetts-Lowell; and Tigran Dolukhanyan, KLA-Tencor.

(49) The role of oxidized carbon black in tire-tread compound. S.K. Chakraborty, Anushree Dukhande and M.S. Banerji, Indian Rubber Manufacturers Association, India.

(50) Effect of regenerated carbon black on different physical properties of tire tread and sidewall compound. R. Mukhopadhyay, Saikat Das Gupta and Neelkanta Mondal, Hasetri, India.

(51) Novel approach of rubber-filler interaction through surface modification of carbon black. S. Chakraborty, and S. Ganguly, Phillips Carbon Black Ltd., India; P. Bhattacharya, Jadavpur University, India; and A.N. Banerjee, Calcutta University, India.

Wednesday, October 9--Session A Symposium--Heat aging of elastomers under-the-hood

Bob DeMarco, Zeon Chemicals L.P., chair.

(52) Permeation properties of AEM compounds in various automotive fluids. Edward McBride, DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers.

(53) Long-term performance of new, improved specialty fluoroelastomers in various aggressive fluids. Theresa M. Dobel and John G. Bauerle, DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC.

(54) Stretching the temperature limits of HNBR elastomers. Janet N. Gamlin and Sharon X. Guo, Bayer, Ontario, Canada, and Dirk Achten, Bayer AG, Germany.

(55) Improving the heat resistance of HNBR, ACM and EAM by the use of antioxidants. Robert F. Ohm, Crompton/Uniroyal Chemical.

(56) Novel aminic antidegradants with improved properties. Gerrit Knobloch, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Switzerland.

Wednesday, October 9--Session B Symposium--Engineering design of rubber components

Judson T. Bauman, Elastomer Engineering & Testing, and Arthur R. Johnson, Army Research Laboratory, co-chairs.

(57) A comprehensive design framework for engineering rubber formulations: From formulation chemistry through cure to part performance. Arnab Sarkar, Prasenjeet Ghosh, Venkat Venkatasubramanian and James M. Caruthers, Purdue University.

(58) Energy dissipation of rubber from a classical point of view. James A. Popio, Smithers Scientific Services; Ted Conway, University of Central Florida; and Paul Lam, University of Akron.

(59) Time-dependent response and failure properties of rubber bushing compounds. Ross G. Stacer, Zhenghong Tao, Kevin J. Patenaude and Joy L. Mead, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and G. Rodriquez, U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

(60) A simple approach to characterizing finite compressibility of elastomers. Mark R. Gurvich and Thomas S. Fleischman, Goodyear Tire & Rubber.

(61) Problems with developing visual inspection criteria for replacement of vibration isolators and shock mounts. James R. Halladay and Oon Hock Yeoh, Lord.

(62) A phenomenological model for the effect of r-ratio on fatigue in strain crystallizing rubbers. W. V. Mars, Cooper Tire & Rubber, and A. Fatemi, University of Toledo.

Wednesday, October 9--Session C Symposium--Thermoplastic elastomers

Joe Muhs, Trimax, and Charles P. Rader, consultant, co-chairs.

(63) Evaluation of slip coat materials co-extruded on TPVs for automotive weatherseal. Reza Sadeghi and Chris La Tulippe, DSM Thermoplastic Elastomers.

(64) TPE overmolding solutions for engineering thermoplastics. Rajesh Varma, Dan Liu and Walt Ripple, GLS.

(65) Hard/soft overmolded parts with styrenic TPEs: Material combinations, processing, adhesion testing. Joerg Saenger, Kraiburg TPE GmbH, Germany.

(66) MPR provides processing advantages. Dave Santoleri, APA-Ferro.

(67) Foaming of thermoplastic vulcanizates. Abdelhadi Sahnoune, Advanced Elastomer Systems.

Wednesday, October 9--Session D Contributed papers

Larry R. Evans, consultant, moderator.

(68) Distribution of silica in rubber blends. Robert H. Schuster and Jonas Ziegler, Deutsches Institut fur Kautschuktechnologie e.V., Germany, and Anke Blume, Degussa AG, Germany.

(69) Use of tertiary alkylamine-fatty acid salt to improve rolling resistance and processability on silica tread. Kazuhiro Yanagisawa, Bridgestone, Japan.

(70) Effects of zinc soap on the TESPT-silica mixture in NR and SSBR compounds. Kwang-Jea Kim and John VanderKooi, Struktol Company of America.

(71) Phase structures and crystallization behavior of lightly crosslinked natural rubber in blend. Tetsuji Kawazura, Yokohama Rubber, Japan, and Seiichi Kawahara and Yoshinobu Isono, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan.

Thursday, October 10--Session A Symposium--Continuous mixing

Gerard Nijman, Vredestein N.V., and Robert H. Schuster, Duetsches Institut fur Kautschuktechnologie e.V., co-chairs.

(72) Continuous mixing: A challenging opportunity? Gerard Nijman, Vredestein N.V., The Netherlands.

(73) Production and application of silica loaded powder rubber based on E-SBR. Udo Goerl, Degussa AG, Germany.

(74) Elastomeric composite produced with continuous liquid phase mixing. Meng-Jiao Wang, Cabot.

(75) Continuous tangential mixing of elastomers. Peter Wickenheisser, Farrel.

(76) The single-rotor continuous mixing system (Carter continuous compounder and carousel blender). Philip K. Freakley, consultant, U.K., and J.B. Fletcher, Carter Brothers (Rochdale) Ltd., U.K.

(77) Further process advantages, chances and applications of extruder-gear pump systems. Olaf Skibba and Oliver Thoma, A-Z Formen- und Maschinenbau GmbH, Germany.

Thursday, October 10--Session B Contributed papers

Vipin Kothari, Therm-O-Link, moderator.

(78) Polymerization and characterization of cyclic structures in elastomeric high vinyl polybutadienes. Steven K. Henning, Michael L. Kerns, Denny D. Werstler and Eilert A. Ofstead, Goodyear Tire & Rubber.

(79) Structure and transport properties of breathable butyl rubber membranes. Nantiya Viriyabanthorn, Joey L. Mead and Ross G. Stacer, University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

(80) Performance of butyl rubber (IIR) sheet in underground compressed air storage facility for CAES-G/T power plant. Shingo Takagi, Electric Power Development Ltd., Japan; Fumihiro Terashita, Shibata Industrial, Japan; and Shinzo Kohjiya, Kyoto University, Japan.

(81) Effect of fillers on the rheological behavior of ethylene-propylene rubber compounds. Geralda Severe, U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

(82) Anisotropic swelling of EPDM rubber discs by absorption of toluene. J.M. Vergnaud, University of Saint-Etienne, France; Khelifa Araar, University of Tangier, Morocco; and Iosif Rosca, University Polytechnica, Romania.

Thursday, October 10--Session C Contributed papers

Andy H. Tsou, ExxonMobil Chemical, moderator.

(83) Characterizing gum elastomers by Fourier transform rheometry. Jean L. Leblanc and Christophe de la Chapelle, University P&M Curie, France.

(84) Use of scanning electron microscopy for determination of undispersed peroxide. Fred Fraser and Joshua Kelley, Freudenberg-NOK.

(85) Structural development in rubbers during uni-axial deformation by in-situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction II--Polyisoprene. Shigeyuki Toki, Igors Sics, Shaofeng Ran and Benjamin S. Hsiao, State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY.

(86) Conductivity and carbon network in polymer composites. N. Probst and E. Grivei, Erachem Europe S.A., Belgium.

(87) Correlations between tack (autoadhesion) and viscoelastic properties in model tire belt skims. Bruce D. Lambillotte and Don Askea, Smithers Scientific Services.

Thursday, October 10--Session A Symposium--Continuous mixing

Gerard Nijman, Vredestein N.V., and Robert H. Schuster, Deutsches Institut fur Kautschuktechnologie e.V., co-chairs.

(88) Process analysis of the plastification of rubber compounds by gear pumps. Tom Wilhelmsmeyer and Andreas Limper, University of Paderborn, Germany.

(89) Twin-screw rubber mixing and extrusion concepts. Peter F. Hunziker and Reinhard Uphus, Berstorff.

(90) Twin screw mixer for rubber compounding. Luigi Pomini and Roberto Regalia, Techint-Pomini, Italy.

(91) Continuous mixing--new concepts. Bernhard Fritsche and Christoph Nuf, Buhler AG, Switzerland.

(92) Innovative processing of elastomer masses in a planetary roller extruder. Michael Batton and Harald Rust, Entex Rust & Mitschke GmbH, Germany.

(93) Progress in the development of the continuous rubber mixing process by extrusion. Ali Amash, Martin Bogun and Robert H. Schuster, Deutsches Institut fur Kautschuktechnologie e.V., and Udo Goerl, Degussa AG, Germany.

Thursday, October 10--Session B Contributed papers

Ursula E. Poitras, Goodyear Dunlop Tires, moderator.

(94) Study of the mechanism of effect of resins on rubber-to-metal bonding. Pankaj Y. Patil and W.J. van Ooij, University of Cincinnati.

(95) Study of the adhesion layer formed on brass by SEM and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction. Jong-Myoung Kim, Hankook Tire, Korea, and W.J. van Ooij, University of Cincinnati.

(96) Rubber/fiber interaction during the tearing of rubber coated polyester fabrics. Zhenghong Tao, Julie Chen, Joey L. Mead and Ross G. Stacer, University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

(97) Adhesion promotion in reinforced rubber. Joseph Burke, Sartomer.

(98) Effect of fabric construction on mechanical behavior of fabric reinforced rubber. Samira Farboodmanesh, Julie Chen, Karl Stevens and Joey L. Mead, University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

(99) Bonding of elastomeric materials using ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. Yared Haile-Meskel and Justin Hine, Avon Rubber Materials Development Center.

Thursday, October 10--Session C Contributed papers

Lou Gatti, J.M. Huber, moderator.

(100) Stress-strain relationships for composites of soft elastomers and brittle fillers. Richard William Tock and Hairy W. Parker, Texas Tech University.

(101) Simulation and experimental studies of interface development and penetration in multi-component transfer molding of rubber compounds. CT. Li and A.I. Isayev, University of Akron, and R.L. Warley, Lord.

(102) Problem of approximation function of strain energy density. Yoshihiro Yamashita and Akira Tanaka, University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

(103) Experiments and finite element simulations of axial-torsional bushing response. Jennifer Kadlowec, Rowan University, and David Gerrard, Goodyear Tire & Rubber.

(104) Rheology of PVC plastisol--VIII: Mechanism of non-linear viscoelastic behavior. N. Nakajima, University of Akron, and E.R. Harrell, Polymer Diagnostics.

(105) New insights into the mastication process. Karl H. Menting, Thomas Mergenhagen, R. Galle-Gutbrecht and M. Hensel, Schill + Seilacher Struktol AG, Germany.

(106) Productivity enhancements in difficult to mix NR compounds. Frederick Ignatz-Hoover, Flexsys America.

Friday, October 11--Session A Symposium--Continuous mixing

Gerard Nijman, Vredestein N.V., and Robert H. Schuster, Deutsches Institut fur Kautschuktechnologie e.V., co-chairs.

(107) Continuous and discontinuous mixing under aspects of the material quality. Martin Bogun, Ali Amash and Robert H. Schuster, Deutsches Institut fur Kautschuktechnologie e.V., and H.J. Radusch, Martin-Luther-Universitat, Germany.

(108) Continuous mixing and compounding of polymer/filler and polymer/polymer mixtures with the aid of ultrasound. Avraam I. Isayev, University of Akron.

(109) Review of semi-continuous compounding of rubber. Narku O. Nortey, Skinner Engine.

(110) Magnetic resonance crosslink density measurements as a tool for quality assurance of rubber compounds. Winfried Kuhn, IIC Innovative Imaging; Stefan Kelbch, Bayer AG; and Ulrich Giese and Robert H. Schuster, Deutsches Institut fur Kautschuktechnologie e.V., Germany.

(111) Powder rubber systems in the continuous mixing process under economical aspects. Udo Goerl, Degussa AG, Germany.

(112) Effect of zinc oxide on the reaction of TESPT silane coupling agent with silica and rubber. L.A.E.M. Reuvekamp, S.C. Debnath, J.W. ten Brinke, P.F. van Swaaij and J.W.M. Noordermeer, University of Twente, The Netherlands.

Friday, October 11--Session B Symposium--Rubber recycling

Paul Standley, Zephyr Associates, and John G. Troutman, Midwest Elastomers, co-chairs.

(113) Thermomechanical degradation of SBR during ultrasonic treatment under the static conditions. V.V. Yashin, C.K. Hong and A.I. Isayev, University of Akron.

(114) Utilization of ultra-fine rubber vulcanizate powders obtained by abrasion. S.K. De, Ceni Jacob, Arun Ghosh and P.P. De., Indian Institute of Technology, India.

(115) Changes impacting the ground rubber industry. Michael Blumenthal, Rubber Manufacturers Association.

(116) Devulcanization of unfilled natural rubber vulcanizate in supercritical carbon dioxide. Masaaki Kojima, Masatoshi Tosaka and Shinzo Kohjiya, Kyoto University, Japan.

(117) Unique blends of elastomers produced via high-pressure, high-temperature sintering. Drew E. Williams and Richard J. Farris, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

(118) Ultrasonic devulcanization of carbon black filled EPDM rubber. Jushik Yun and A.I. Isayev, University of Akron.

Friday, October 11--Session C Contributed papers

Jo-Ann E. Bice, PPG Industries, moderator.

(119) Benefits of high molecular weight NBR elastomers in soft printing rolls. John A. Dewar, Don Tsou and Rayner Krista, Bayer.

(120) HXNBR and metal acrylate blends for applications requiring high modulus. W. von Hellens and Sharon X. Guo, Bayer, Ontario, Canada.

(121) Properties of ionomers produced from carboxylated SBR and carboxylated NBR. G.R. Hamed and K.-C. Hua, University of Akron.

(122) Hydrogenated carboxylated nitrile rubber for enhanced mechanical properties. E.C. Campomizzi and L.P. Ferrari, Bayer, Ontario, Canada.

(123) Model reaction of polysulfide with olefin. Chen-Chy Lin, W.L. Hergenrother and Ashley S. Hilton, Bridgestone/Firestone Research LLC.

(124) Studies on the effect of blending powder nitrile rubber (NBR) in filled plasticized PVC formulation for PVC flooring. P.K. Das and P.C. Mehta, Armstrong World Ind., India.

Cost of registration for the 162nd Fall Technical Meeting and Mini Expo 2002 ranges from $115 to $220. Further information is available from the Rubber Division (330) 972-7814.

Four educational courses will be held in conjunction with the 162nd Fall Rubber Division Technical Meeting.

"Introduction to rubber technology" will be held on Monday, October 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. This course presents an introduction to the jargon of the trade and what goes on in the factory and laboratory for those new to the industry, working in sales, administration, human resources or any other non-technical area.

Basics of rubber technology and the language of the rubber industry will be presented by R.J. Del Vecchio, a consultant to the rubber industry. Topics covered will include what polymers are; how rubber is different from plastic; how recipes for rubber compounds are created and why; what is involved in mixing, processing and vulcanizing rubber; and control of rubber products.

Cost for attending this course is $295 for Rubber Division members and $330 for non-members, and includes a copy of the 55 page booklet, "A beginner's guide to rubber technology."

The course, "Design of experiments," will be held on Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. This course is designed for compounders, chemists, process engineers, factory troubleshooters, manufacturing supervisors, and research or technical managers.

Taught by R.J. Del Vecchio, the course will cover such topics as review of basic statistics; designed experiments; how to prepare and implement designs; and full scale exercise in designing and implementing the method.

Registration for this course costs $595 for Rubber Division members and $645 for non-members, and includes lunch on both days.

A Rubber Recycling Workshop will be offered on Thursday, October 10, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. This workshop is designed for rubber recyclers, rubber recycling equipment managers, engineers, and research and development and marketing personnel working in rubber recycling.

Speakers from this workshop will present information on historical perspectives and market trends, comparisons of different recycling processes, recycled rubber application variations, the use of recycled rubber as an asphalt modifier and the mechanical properties of rubber containing recycled rubber.

Registration for this workshop costs $450 for Rubber Division members and $500 for non-members and includes course notes and lunch.

A Rubber Technology Workshop will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 7-8, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. This workshop will provide basic background information on natural rubber, SBR and specialty polymers such as silicone, nitrile rubbers and polyurethane.

Discussion will also be included on processing of rubber compounds and vulcanization of rubber. Emphasis will be placed on physical testing and dynamic properties. It is recommended that attendees be compounders, chemists, engineers, technical support staff, sales personnel or manufacturing chemists and engineers.

Registration for this workshop costs $450 for Rubber Division members and $500 for non-members and includes course notes and lunch.

Further information on Rubber Division educational courses is available from the Division (330) 972-7814.
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