Rubber compounding is an art as well as a science. The art of rubber compounding is to achieve the best trade-offs in properties and to meet product performance requirements at acceptable production costs. The purpose of this book is to provide various experimental ideas for developing better compounds and solving technical problems.
This second edition includes more than 1800 experimental ideas to improve specific rubber properties. Many of the additional ideas are a result of an extensive review of recent journal articles and conference presentations from rubber societies throughout the world. Other ideas are the result of 18 renowned industrial experts who compiled a large number of diverse experimental suggestions to enhance specific compound properties.
Rubber compounding is a highly complex endeavor. By reviewing the suggestions in this book, the compounder may develop a better sense for how to best achieve a compromise with compound properties when developing new or improving tested rubber recipes.