Abrasion

The wearing of a surface by mechanical action such as rubbing or scraping.

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Absorption

The physical mechanism by which one substance attracts and takes up another substance (liquid, gas, or vapour) into its interior.

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Accelerated life test

A test method designed to approximate, in a short time, the deteriorating effect of normal long-term service conditions.

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Accelerators

Chemical added to an elastomer to speed up the rate of vulcanisation, causing it to take place in a shorter time

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Activators

Chemicals added to an elastomer to increase the speed of an accelerator

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