Advanced Testing of Soft Polymer Materials 2022

The scientific scope of this TOPICAL COLLECTION is dedicated to novel and advanced testing methods establishing a connection to fundamental scientific principles that even show how test results from simple pieces of uncured/cured elastomers or other soft polymers are related to the realistic geometry and loading conditions, and thus, create new opportunities to link laboratory testing data to a real-world product performance. Ideally, predictive laboratory tests balance accuracy, relevance, instrument productivity and cost efficiency, while providing new mechanistic insights and modeling opportunities of overall material and product properties. The Topical Collection comprises invited articles presented during the conference “Gumference” and original papers. • Elastomers and rubbers • Testing equipment • Testing methodologies • Development of methods • Advanced testing • Fatigue • Fracture • Friction and interactions • Wear • Aging and degradation • Mechanical testing • Dynamic-Mechanical Testing • Thermodynamical / Caloric Testing • Dielectric Testing • NMR, FTIR or other spectroscopy • X-ray and neutron scattering • Numerical and Physical Modelling


  • Radek Stoček

    Radek Stoček received his Dr.-Ing. in 2012 at the Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany). Then he started an industrial career at Polymer Research Lab (PRL), Zlin (Czech Republic) and parallel an independent academic career at the Tomas Bata University (TBU) in Zlín. He finished his habilitation in 2019. Currently, he is holding the two positions as Head of R&D at PRL and Head of the Rubber Department at TBU. His research and scientific interests are focused on the characterization of rubber material properties concerning fatigue and fracture mechanics and the development of new and advanced testing methodologies, hardware and equipment.

  • Eric Euchler

    In 2020, Eric Euchler received his Dr.-Ing. at the Dresden University of Technology (Germany). During his doctorate, he was affiliated to the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden e.V. (Germany), where he is now the leader of the research group “Mechanics and Structure of elastomeric Materials”. His research work is dedicated to an improved understanding of the process-structure-properties relation of elastomers, with a special interest in the combination of advanced mechanical testing and high-resolution structure analysis.

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