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Plastics Fundamentals: Properties and Causes of Failures

Semih Genculu, P.E.

This introductory course is prepared in such a way to benefit engineers from all disciplines since plastics are utilized in a variety of applications in many industries such as automotive, appliance, construction, electronics, medical device, and packaging. Upon completion of this course, the challenges facing the use of plastic materials in applications where long term service life is expected, the factors to be considered during the selection of the proper material for the specific environment and application shall be an easier task. The types of everyday polymers, their structures and the most common plasticfailure mechanisms shall be discussed with the techniques used to identify the cause of the failures. The similarities between the failure modes of metals and plastics, which include ductile overload, brittle fracture, impact, fatigue, corrosion and wear shall be discussed.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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