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Elastomer Technology

Rubberatkins’ dedicated team of innovative chemists and engineers continually design novel elastomer compounds for a wide range of challenging environments. Their daily challenge is to increase the performance and longevity of materials and thus your products.

Our in-house mixing facility, combined with the latest testing equipment allows for fast compound development.

The extensively equipped lab allows Rubberatkins team to analyse materials as well as carry out fluid and gas compatibility testing.

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Compound design

In-house compound development including NORSOK / NACE certified materials.

Our strength is in choosing and developing a material which is the best for your application. Our rubber technology is improving with every compound. So why settle for an old off the shelf compound?

With over 1200 formulations on the database, Rubberatkins uniquely tailors their materials for performance and longevity. Rubberatkins also have a range of NORSOK & NACE approved materials which have been tested and qualified by an independent test body. These and other compounds also have a proven track record and are extensively used within oil & gas industry.

Utilising our in-house FEA capability material properties can be optimised to ensure reliable and repeatable product performance.

Extreme Elevated Temperatures

Rubberatkins have developed materials for improved physicals, longevity and elevated temperatures. Mechanical testing of elastomers is carried out in a hot box which in turn leads to optimisation of properties at elevated temperatures.

Steam

Materials have been designed and successfully tested at temperatures up to 650F.

Pressure

Elastomers developed and successfully tested to 500F & 18,000 psi.

Arctic Conditions

Low temperature sealing of elastomers is critical especially when pressure effects are taken into consideration. Rubberatkins have a range of elastomers exhibiting excellent low temp glass transition temperatures, some even down to -60 C.

Sour Gas

Sour gas (H2S) causes elastomer embrittlement by additional crosslinking thus compromising sealing performance. Rubberatkins have proven case history of down-hole material performance in 40% H2S.

Rapid Gas Decompression

We have materials for Explosive Decompression. Caused by the sudden release of gasses mainly CO2 within the elastomer matrix following a rapid drop in pressure.

Independant Elastomer Analysis

Root cause analysis of chemical/thermal degradation of elastomers can be investigated 

Rubberatkins provides a unique independent elastomer analysis, by which material characterisation can be carried out utilising traditional elastomer testing method as well as thermal analytical techniques to provide information relating to the degradation of the material and provide explanation on the possible causes where seal performance has been compromised.

Elastomer Testing

Rubberatkins can test any Elastomers to determine chemical composition, exposure to gases and fluids, and failure modes. This can prove invaluable when investigating performance envelopes of elastomers or field failure analysis. The results can also help re-define material choice and design improvements for future developments.

Rubberatkins has the testing capabilities for Material Testing to API, ISO, ASTM & BS standards.

Rubberatkins lab is equipped with a range of equipment capable of testing numerous properties of elastomers to various international recognised standards.

Physical testing capabilities at Rubberatkins:

  • Tensile Testing
  • Abrasion
  • Bond strength
  • Chemical Compatibility
  • Lifetime Prediction - Arrhenious Calculations to ISO 11346
  • Low Temperature Properties  - The glass transition temperature & sealing properties
  • Rapid Gas Decompression (RGD)

Thermal analysis capability at Rubberatkins:

  • TGA (Thermogravimetric Analysis) coupled with IR (Infrared Spectroscopy)
  • DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry)
  • TMA (Thermomechanical Analysis)
  • DMA (Dynamic Mechanical Analysis)

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