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Plastic Part Failure: Analysis, Design & Prevention

Dive into a broad range of topics essential to understanding and preventing plastic failure. The most efficient and effective approach to plastic component failure is performing a systematic failure analysis following scientific method. Someone once said, “if you don’t know how something broke, you can’t fix it,” highlighting the importance of a thorough understanding of how and why a product has failed.

This course can be applied to the Plastics Technology Certificate.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, scientists, technicians and managers who design, fabricate and manufacture plastic components.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the essentials of why plastic components fail
  • Understand the five factors affecting plastic part performance
  • Learn the process of conducting a failure investigation
  • Know the importance of ductile-to-brittle transitions and their role in plastic component failure
  • Understand how and why a product has failed
  • Explore approaches to more quickly respond to and resolve plastic component failure
  • Learn methods and techniques to avoid future failures

Course Outline/Topics

  • Introduction to Plastics
    • Overview of Plastics
    • Composition
    • Properties
    • Plastic Part Failure
    • Failure Correction and Prevention
      • Part Design
      • Mold Design
      • Material Selection
      • Processing
      • Validation Testing
    • Failure of Plastics Overview
    • Failure Mechanisms
    • The Roles of Multiple Factor Concurrency and Statistical Distribution in Plastic Part Failure
  • Failure Analysis
    • Problem Solving / Investigation Techniques – FA and RCA
    • Failure Analysis Test Methods
    • Case Studies

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Mon.-Wed., Oct. 10-12, 2016


Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Erik Foltz
Javier Cruz
Antoine Rios
Jeffrey Jansen


$1,190 if you register by Wed., Aug. 10, 2016.
$1,290 if you register after Wed., Aug. 10, 2016.

CEUs: 2, PDHs: 20

Enrollment Limit: 40

Program Number: 4830-8990

Note: Class ends at 4:30 pm on Days 1 and 2

Class ends at 3:00 pm on Day 3

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