EAST LANSING, Mich.—Greg Kamykowski, a senior rheology applications scientist for TA Instruments, U.S. West, will deliver the address at the next Michigan Rubber Group technical meeting.
The meeting will be held Sept. 9 at the Riverfront Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel), located at 270 Ann Street in Grand Rapids, Mich. The venue is located at the Ann Street exit off U.S. 131 in downtown Grand Rapids.
Kamykowski will be presenting “Rubber Rheometry: How It's Done and Why It's Important.” He will review standard rheology tests and show their general correlations with field performance. Included in this presentation will be tests such as Mooney viscometry, stress relaxation and curing characterizations.
Kamykowski also will discuss another class of rheological testing, dynamic oscillatory testing, in which tests are performed on moving disc rheometers and rubber processing analyzers. The scientist will detail standard dynamic oscillatory tests that can give more information on processability and curing kinetics of rubber than Mooney viscometry, and results will be correlated with performance. Additional dynamic tests on the RPA, such as frequency sweeps and strain sweeps, will be described and will show how these have helped processors differentiate materials more thoroughly.
Cost is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Presentations will begin at 5 p.m., with refreshments at 6 and dinner at 6:45.
Michigan Rubber Group board members will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Advance reservations and any special dietary concerns should be made with Chuck Lenk at [email protected] no later than noon on Sept. 4.