Topic of the conference: Advanced Testing of Soft Polymer Materials (Adv. Test. Soft Polym. Mat.)




This will be the 6th conference on rubber and soft polymer material testing in this series. The previous conferences were highly successful and ensured its development from a local to an international event. This time, the conference firstly is organized by a consortium of international partners formed by Tomas Bata University in Zlín (Czech Republic) and Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (Germany). Furthermore, in order to bring together scientists from all over the world, the conference will be held in a virtual  manner for the first time.

The audience is encouraged to register all around the world.

The registration and participation in the conference is free of charge.

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Date: 15th February 2022
Time: 8am – 5pm

Access to the presented lectures: All lectures will be available as PDF after the conference. Further, the full research articles will be published in the Topical Collection of the scientific journal „Polymer Bulletin” (Springer) entitled Advanced Testing of Soft Polymer Materials:


Conference objectives

Manufactures of soft polymer material products as well as suppliers and processers of polymers, raw materials and compounds or blends are forced to apply predictive and advanced laboratory testing when seeking for high-performance soft polymer materials for future applications, e.g. products of      e-mobility (durable tires), energy harvesting (flexible solar or photovoltaic cells), information technology (versatile semi-conductors), soft robotics or medical engineering (artificial tissues). Ideally, predictive laboratory tests balance accuracy, relevance, instrument productivity and cost efficiency, while providing new mechanistic insights and modeling opportunities of material and product properties. Novel soft polymer material concepts considering new trends in nanotechnology, multi-layers and self-assembly, self-healing, sensor-active or functionalized polymers, bio-compatibility, eco-design and recyclability are of high importance in this context. Novel advanced testing methods and techniques will establish a connection to fundamental scientific principles that even show how test results from simple pieces of rubbers and silicones, thermoplastic elastomer blends, (hydro-)gels or other soft polymers are related to the realistic geometry and loading conditions, and, thus, create new opportunities to link laboratory testing data of soft polymer materials to real-world product performance. Further, the rapid advancement of simulation tools offers great perspectives to predict soft polymer material behavior and lifetime performance based on unique sets of data acquired due to novel advanced testing methods including upcoming opportunities of artificial intelligence.

Organisation Committee:

Two research institutes are organising the Gumference 2022

Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Centre of Polymer Systems, tř. Tomáše Bati 5678, Zlín, Czech Republic,


Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Research Division Elastomers, Hohe Str. 6, 01069 Dresden, Germany

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Radek Stoček
  • Ing. Ondřej Kratina, Ph.D.
  • Ing. Martin Stěnička, Ph.D.

  • Dr.-Ing. Eric Euchler
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Wießner


Scientific committee


Assoc. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Radek Stoček


Dr.-Ing. Eric Euchler



    Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Centre of Polymer Systems, tř. Tomáše Bati 5678, Zlín, Czech Republic, 

    • Position: Director of the department „Rubber Technologies”

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  • Introduction
    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. His work has been recognized by awards from the Tire Society (USA). R. Stoček is the author of 53 publications (according to Scopus) and holds three Utility Models.



    Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Research Division Elastomers, Hohe Str. 6, 01069 Dresden, Germany

    • Position: Group leader „Mechanics and Structure of elastomeric Materials”

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    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. He is the author of over 10 papers in high-ranked scientific journals.

Program                     For each talk, 25-30 min presentation and 5-10 min discussion (in total 35 min)                      |             5 min for speaker change






Title of the contribution



8:00 – 8:10

Radek Stoček &

Eric Euchler

Tomas Bata University in Zlin &
Leibniz Inistitut für Polymerforschung in Dresden



Radek Stoček

8:15 – 8:50

Baobao Chang

aKey Laboratory of Materials Processing and Mold,Zhengzhou University,Zhengzhou City, China

Detecting the void formation and crystallization behavior in isotactic-polypropylene during stretching by synchrotron X-ray scattering


8:55 – 9:30

Nicolas Candau

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya,Barcelona, Spain

Experimental characterization of strain-induced crystallization and elastocaloric effect in natural rubber-based composites


9:35 – 10:10

Giorgia Scetta

École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanne, Switzerland

New insights from the fatigue testing of thermoplastic elastomers



10:10 – 10:20

Coffee Break


Eric Euchler

10:20 – 10:55

Radek Stoček

Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic

Novel experimental methods for characterization of adhesion kinetic during curing of rubber layers


11:00 – 11:35

Andrej Lang

Deutsches Institut für Kautschuktechnologie e.V.,Hannover, Germany

Wear characterization of elastomeric materials using a alternative friction and wear tester


11:40 – 12:15

Jaroslav Maloch

Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech republic

High-speed thermography: a powerful tool for rubber characterisation.



12:15 – 12:45

Lunch Break


Eric Euchler

12:45 – 13:20

Jan Kruzelak

Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovakia

Experimental investigation of electromagnetic radiation shielding effects of elastomeric composite materials


13:25 – 14:00

Mattia Ramini

Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy and Italian Gasket

Monitoring of shear heating effects during injection molding of rubber to improve the process control


14:05 – 14:40

Youssera EL ARCHI

Laboratoire de Mécanique et d’Acoustique CNRS Marseille, France

Virtual testing methods of the dynamic behavior of CFRP damped with rubber



14:40 – 14:55

Coffee Break


Radek Stoček

14:55 – 15:30

Lewis B. Tunnicliffe

Birla Carbon U.S.A., Inc. Marietta (GA), USA

New investigations on the rheology of particle reinforced rubbers


15:35 – 16:10

Eric Euchler

Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V Dresden, Germany

Rubber Failure Analysis - About the Defect Growth and Crack Propagation in Vulcanizates


16:15 – 16:50

Will Mars

Endurica Findlay (OH), USA

Real-Time Fatigue Analysis of 6-channel Load Inputs for Soft Polymer Products



16:50 – 17:00

Radek Stoček &

Eric Euchler




Centre of Polymer Systems (CPS)
Tomas Bata University in Zlín
třída Tomáše Bati 5678
760 01 Zlín
Czech Republic




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