Materials Development and Testing forms the link between elastomer research and Industry. Materials development implements the insights gained with respect to focal-point characterization of raw materials, compounds and elastomers as well as processing methods. Making maximum use of numerous physical testing methods, the department is able to develop new materials with specific property profiles.
Proceeding on the basis of the physicochemical properties of raw materials, the department investigates the interaction of these in application-relevant formulas. The functioning of newly developed or modified raw materials is examined on rubber compounds best exemplifying the relevant field systems. This involves, among other things, systematic analysis of the effect on the dispersion behavior of fillers as well as on crosslinking behavior, processibility and storage stability. The insights serve as direct feedback on field-related basic research by making it possible to determine how the micro- and macrostructure of raw materials affect processing and application properties.
A focal point that has emerged in recent years is material modification by means of atmospheric-pressure plasma treatment aimed at improving permeation density and modifying friction and wetting properties as well as bondability and adhesion.
Investigations on compounds (according to valid standards)
Investigations on vulcanizates (according to valid standards)