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Plastic Failures Through Molecular Degradation (CHM273J)

Presented by: Jeffrey A. Jansen
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60 minutes
  •  Thu, February 23, 2017
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Understanding Plastic Failures Due to Molecular Degradation

Plastic materials feature a unique balance of ductility and strength, both of which are associated with their inherent viscoelastic nature. However, they are susceptible to molecular degradation by a variety of exposures.

Molecular degradation is a permanent change in molecular weight that reduces the mechanical properties and integrity of the plastic material. Molecular degradation results in the premature failure of many plastic components, which results in substantial monetary costs. This process is not reversible.

This webinar by expert speaker Jeffrey A. Jansen will discuss how molecular degradation can occur during compounding, processing, storage or while in service, and how you can prevent it. You will come away with a better understanding of how molecular degradation takes place and its repercussions on the performance of the material.

Session Highlights

  • Introduction to plastic molecular degradation, including the various mechanisms:
    • Thermal oxidation
    • Hydrolysis
    • Ultraviolet radiation
    • Chain scission
    • Destructive crosslinking
  • Materials susceptible to degradation
  • Stabilizers to prevent degradation
  • Testing to assess the level of degradation
  • Understanding and anticipating potential molecular degradation to prevent premature failure

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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