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Environmental Stress Cracking - The Plastic Killer (CHM762A)

Presented by: Jeffrey A. Jansen
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60 minutes
  •  Thu, July 14, 2016
Event Description
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Understanding Plastics Failure and Factors that Play a Key Role in Environmental Stress Cracking

Environmental stress cracking (ESC) is considered a leading cause of plastic part failure. It is the premature embrittlement and subsequent cracking of a plastic due to the simultaneous and synergistic action of stress and contact with a chemical agent. Because of the frequency and severity of ESC failure, it has been nicknamed “the plastic killer”.

A principal consideration in the relatively high failure rate associated with environmental stress cracking is the widespread lack of awareness and understanding of the interaction between plastic materials and chemicals, particularly organic-based chemicals, which are so prevalent in manufacturing, commercial, and household settings.

Join expert speaker Jeffrey A. Jensen in this session to gain an understanding of the ESC failure mechanism. This webinar will provide you information on how to conduct testing to assess the compatibility between plastic and chemicals. It will detail the factors that play a primary role in environmental stress cracking.

The webinar will treat ESC from a practical standpoint, and use case studies to illustrate typical failures. You will come away from the session with a much better understanding of the interaction between chemicals and plastics. This knowledge can be used to prevent plastic component failures.

Session Highlights

  • Introduction to Environment Stress Cracking
  • How plastics fail
  • Explanation of the ESC failure mechanism
  • Generalizations related to chemical interaction with plastics
  • ESC resistance testing used to evaluate plastic/chemical compatibility
  • Case Illustrations of some common solvent-based failure modes

Who should attend?

  • Design Engineers
  • Plastic Engineers
  • Materials Engineers
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Quality Engineers
  • Designers
  • Managers
  • Chemists
  • Polymer Scientists
  • Laboratory Technicians
About Our Speaker(s)

Jeffrey A. Jansen | Plastic Material Failure Analysis SpeakerJeffrey A. Jansen
Jeffrey A. Jansen is Senior Managing Engineer and a Partner at The Madison Group, an independent polymeric materials engineering and consulting firm.  Jeff specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, as well as compatibility, aging, and lifetime prediction studies for thermoplastic and ther... More info

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    Event Title: Environmental Stress Cracking - The Plastic Killer
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