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Materials Expert Dr. Chris Robertson
Joins Endurica as Sales Director
15 Years R & D, Materials Engineer
Tires, Synthetic Rubber + Plastics
After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1999, Chris spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher in polymer physics at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Chris is the co-inventor of 32 patents / patents pending and co-author of 55 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Chris received the 2008 Sparks-Thomas Award from the ACS Rubber Division, and he is an associate editor of the journal Rubber Chemistry and Technology .
Some interesting facts about Chris:
  • 2015 Winner of Akron, Ohio’s Pickle Making Contest in the Hot Pickles category
  • He spent two years in Saudi Arabia as Deputy Director of an elastomer technical college
VIDEO EXTRA! Critical Plane Analysis applied to common deformation modes
Check out the Endurica team's latest video showing the failure modes predicted by critical plane analysis for common deformation modes used in testing of elastomers. The damage sphere visualizations were made with the Endurica damage sphere viewer.

Where in the World will YOU find us?
September 27-28, 2017:  SIMULIA Great Lakes Regional Users Meeting, Plymouth, Michigan

October 9-12, 2017:   International Elastomer Conference ACS Rubber Division , Cleveland, Ohio

October 17, 2017: SIMULIA South Regional User Group Meeting , Houston, Texas

October 23-25, 2017:  Characterizing Elastomer Fatigue Behavior for Analysis & Engineering , Ann Arbor, Michigan

October 26-27, 2017 :  Application of Rubber Fatigue Analysis with Endurica CL, Ann Arbor, Michigan

November 6-7, 2017:  CAE Conference, Vicenza, Italy

November 10, 2017:  fe-safe User Group Meeting, Germany

November 15 SIMULIA West Regional Users Meeting , Santa Clara, California 
Fall Training Classes - Become a Rubber Ninja!
Fatigue issues challenge any product development team - get ahead of the competition.

Tire Society 2017 - Best Question
The best audience question was theoretical in nature: are the dissipation rates and fatigue lives computed by Endurica objective under a coordinate system change? And how do we know? The short answer is 

In Case You Missed it:
GVSETS ( Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium ) Insights
In this work, Abrams tank track system T-158LL backer pad elastomer self-heating and fatigue behavior was characterized experimentally, and the backer pad design was digitally twinned to show how complex in-service conditions can be evaluated virtually. 
Additional Resources Available - Just Ask
Feel free to contact us about the papers we presented at the 2017 Akron Tire Society show.

Accounting for Thermal Effects in Tire Durability via a Critical-Plane-Analysis-compatible Microsphere Model and Characterizing the Intrinsic Strength of Natural Rubber / Butadiene Rubber Blends
Test Fatigue Performance
Endurica has partnered with Coesfeld to provide our durability test methods in your lab. 

Contact Chris Robertson for more information about the
 Intrinsic Strength Analyser, Tear & Fatigue Analyser, and Instrumented Chip & Cut Analyser .
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