Practical Rubber Technology

- Short Course -

General information

The Practical Rubber Technology course is presented on a one day per week (Mondays) basis for the full duration of a semester. 

The course is presented with theory lectures scheduled in the mornings and with laboratory practical sessions in the afternoons.

Assessment of knowledge of the courseware will be done in the form of tests, and written reports will be required for the practical’s performed.

After completion of the course students will be issued with certificates.  Those students that achieve more that 50% for their combined assessments will receive a successful completed certificate while students with a mark of less than 50% will receive an attendance certificate.

Course content

The theory course covers the following subject areas:

  • History of the rubber industry
  • Rubber raw materials
  • Vulcanization
  • Reinforcement
  • Processing machinery/equipment
  • Basic rubber processing and processing techniques
  • Basic textile technology
  • Manufactured products
  • Testing/quality assurance
  • The practical course is set up to supplement the theory and will cover:
  • Mixing of rubber
  • Viscosity testing
  • Curing and cure characteristics
  • Polymer/rubber properties
  • Physical testing

For further details on schedule and costs please contact Mr Fanus Gerber at


Contact information
Mr Fanus Gerber
Senior Lecturer: Polymer Chemistry
Tel: 27 41 504 3460

Dr James Carson
Programme Manager
Tel: 041 504 2973