Material Selection and Testing for Plastics

Today's necessity for quickly delivering products to market limits product development time and leaves less room for error and 're-dos.' With so many plastic materials available, it is crucial that those involved in product design understand resin properties and how they affect part design and manufacturability. To help you make the best plastic choices the first time, this seminar provides an overview of polymer chemistry, explains the methods for testing properties of plastics and presents a method of systematic selection that will optimize your plastics material selection process.

What Will You Learn

At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand the properties of plastic materials
  • Know what types of instruments are used in testing
  • Demonstrate methods used to test the properties of plastic materials
  • Possess the technical background necessary to select the optimum resin for a given application
  • Apply measurements to the standards and specifications so the material and design meet an application's service requirements

Is This Course For You

This seminar will benefit product and part designers, engineers, engineering managers and those involved in the development of plastic parts. Specifically designed to enhance on-the-job effectiveness for professionals at all levels of plastics part development, this course will provide an invaluable foundation for selecting plastic materials and understanding their capabilities and limitations.

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  • Introduction to Plastic Materials
    • Definitions
    • Thermoset vs. thermoplastics
    • Good (and bad) characteristics
    • General properties
    • Brief history
    • Economic "position" (commodity vs engineering vs specialty)
  • Plastics-General Overview
    • Materials form
    • Shipment sizes
    • Pre-compounded vs blended
    • Drying/storing
    • Handling
    • Grades and lots
    • Regrinding and reuse
  • Polymer Chemistry Introduction/Review
    • Molecular weight
    • Distribution, dispersity index
    • Morphology
    • Molecular configuration
  • Process Related Property Variations
    • Drying
    • Shrinking
    • Rheology
    • Additives
  • Properties of Plastics
    • DIN vs ASTM
    • Data shifts
    • Tests and their procedures
    • Chemical resistance
    • Optical properties
    • Color analysis
    • Weathering resistance
    • Abrasion resistance
    • Flammability
    • Electrical character
    • Chemical (analytical) testing
  • Processing Properties
    • Melt index
    • Capillary remoter
    • Shrinkage
    • Thermal diffusion character
  • Simple Plastics Materials Selection
    • Product needs assessment
    • Systematic selection
  • Typical Materials Selection Errors
  • Plastics Materials Review
    • The "Big Eight"
    • Commodity polymers
    • Engineering polymers
    • Rubbers and elastomers