Introduction to Silicone Elastomers ONLINE



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Course details and format

  • 4 hours of recorded modules available
  • ​Live Q&A after the course

Online training: How it works

  • Same course content as our in-person course
  • 4 hours of expert training delivered via recorded modules hosted online - allowing you to study at a time that suits you
  • 28 days access to recordings allowing you to learn at your own pace
  • Same high quality Smithers' training experience
  • No travel costs or complexities
  • Live Q&A with course tutors - ask questions and consolidate learning
  • Electronic copies of course notes


The properties and processing of silicone elastomers are often very different from other elastomers. This course provides an overview of the main types of silicone elastomer currently available and compares their chemical structure, manufacturers, grades, properties, compounding, processing and applications. It also explores silicone rubber in the context of other commercial polymers.

Enough basic polymer science is included to understand these topics, and extensive use will be made of samples and other visual aids to assist. 

Learning outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of the chemistry and properties of silicone elastomers
  • Discover the main types of silicone elastomers, and understand their uses
  • Gain knowledge on aspects of processing from compounding to moulding, extrusion and curing
  • Be able to communicate more effectively with suppliers and customers

Gain CPD credits

Smithers is an IOM3 Quality Assured training provider and our courses are approved towards professional development.

Course content

  • Introduction to the major types of Silicone Elastomers:  (HVs, RTVs, LSRs)
  • Modifications to basic MQ (VMQ, PMQ, PVMQ, FMQ, FVMQ), structure and properties
  • Compounding and additives
  • Processing (moulding, extrusion, coating, fabrication, curing), concentrating on aspects peculiar to silicone elastomers
  • Commercial materials and grades
  • Applications
  • Future potential

Who will benefit?

  • Product designers; engineers; quality assurance; technical support; sales/marketing personnel
  • Material suppliers; processors and manufacturers of finished and semi-finished products/components
  • Anyone with an interest in Silicone Elastomers wishing to gain a better understanding of the material

Presenter information

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What our delegates say about the course material

"Very worthwhile use of a day"
Michael Carter (Vulcan)

"Very comprehensive and knowledgeable but pitched well to audience, excellent introduction to Silicone Elastomers"
Andrew Sapsford (Bespak)

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Introduction to Silicone Elastomers ONLINE

Length 29 days