The current work was initiated to develop, understand and optimise a novel
computer controlled, automated, flexible compression moulding system primarily for
the production of fluid seals. A prototype moulding system was designed and built
for the study. It was used to process a range of rubber compounds for process
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Great Britain, Department of Trade and Industry. EPSRC (EEM Link scheme).