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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 following certificates:
Elastomer Technology Certificate
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

Dates and locations to be announced.

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