Service Life Prediction of Rubber Components Used in Engineering Applications - A Review

The topic of Service Life Prediction is of both practical and scientific interest. The service life of an elastomer sets limit to engineering design. Therefore, Life Prediction of elastomers should be part of the engineering design process. Elastomer properties are sensitive to heat, moisture, light, fluids and mechanical stress. Elastomers can undergo changes in properties large enough to cause product failure. Most elastomer parts, in engineering applications, are intended to be in service for several years. Hence, the engineer or the developing scientist cannot wait that long to evaluate the aging process in actual service conditions.