Rubber Technology – An Introduction
This is a book about rubber technology, that provides a basic technical understanding of rubber, as well as more detailed knowledge in several areas, with the aim of giving readers a real insight into the fascinating world of rubber. A good understanding of rubber technology is essential for the rubber industry and for its customers and suppliers, and this book is aimed at everyone who wants to acquire a clear grasp of rubber technology from the ground up, regardless of prior knowledge, occupation or position.
The book covers a broad area and examines the various aspects of rubber technology – materials, processes, products and testing – from both a theoretical and practical perspective, using tables, photos, figures and graphs to illustrate the descriptive text.
The book is ideal for use in internal and external company training, for technical courses of various kinds and in introductory courses for higher technical education and polymer technology studies. It is also ideally suited as a reference book for independent study and for anyone who comes in contact with rubber.
It is our hope that this book will be widely circulated and read by many people, and thus help to promote the development of rubber technology and stimulate interest in working with rubber.
The book was written and produced by Nils Levin and Brittmari Ulvås Mårtenson, who have worked together in rubber technology education and literature since 1996. This collaboration is based on extensive knowledge of rubber technology and teaching, combined with a strong commitment to further education and long professional experience in the field.
The Swedish Institution of Rubber Technology (SGF), has provided significant support, not least financial, during the production of both the Swedish and English editions of the book.We would like to express our thanks to SGF and to others who supported this work financially. Without your involvement it would not have been possible to realise our plans to publish a new book on rubber technology. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed to this work in other ways, by providing photos, information, suggestions and ideas, etc.