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  • A broadband internet connection that has at least a 2 Mbps upload and download speed.
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  • At least 4 GB of RAM and adequate hard drive space.
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ONLINE COURSE: Thermoplastic Materials Engineering: Synthesis, Testing, Selection, and End Use Specification

Course Number: 134-0656 (formerly AP3525)
Date: 09/14/2020 - 09/17/2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Webex
Cost: $1,000.00 USD
Online Registration
CEU's: 1.6
Instructor: Mr. Christopher Paige

Course Overview

The scope of this course includes general purpose plastics, engineering and high performance plastics, and thermoplastic elastomers. This course is intended for material specialists, design engineers, tech service personnel, procurement specialists and others who wish to broaden their understanding of thermoplastic materials, how and why they are used, and issues related to risks of material failure.

Day 1 (optional) presents relevant fundamentals of polymer science including; polymerization mechanisms, kinetics, and molecular weight development, and backbone structure-property relationships. Day 1 also provides fundamentals of how major commercial industrial and high performance polymers are synthesized.

Days 2 and 3 provide a frame work for: candidate material selection, qualification for specific use, and developing meaningful specifications in the context of the fundamentals of ISO design control processes. Consensus standards such as: ISO, SAE and ASTM standards, recommended practices, and specifications are identified and discussed. Risk factors are identified and a range of failure case studies are reviewed illustrating many of the common risks such as stress cracking, brittle failures, creep, environmental and chemical exposure, fatigue, processing, and part design defects. Relevant testing and analysis techniques are reviewed.

Chemistry, fundamental properties, strengths and weaknesses, and common uses are detailed for a range of materials including for example: PE, PP, PS, ABS, PVC, PA, PC, POM, PPO, PEI, PEEK, PSU, PPS, PAI, TPU, COPES, TPVs, TPOs, PTFE, PFA, FEP, and more.

Online Course Requirements

We want you to have a great experience participating in our remote (online) courses, and for that, you’ll need the right equipment and internet connection.

Minimum needs are:

  • A broadband internet connection that has at least a 2 Mbps upload and download speed.
  • A computer (PC or Mac) that can support the latest web browser versions.
  • At least 4 GB of RAM and adequate hard drive space.
  • A microphone and a speaker.

For more information, visit our Online Course Requirements webpage.

Instructor Biography:

Paige

Christopher (Chris) Paige holds a M. S. Degree in Plastics Engineering - 2005 (University of Massachusetts – Lowell) and a M.S. Degree in Polymer Chemistry – 1991 (University of Cincinnati). He is a member of Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), American Chemical Society (ACS) and America Society of Materials (ASM) and has over 30 years’ experience, working in Industry. As a Laboratory Manager, at the University of Akron, Chris performed numerous hands-on plastics processing projects, for domestic and International corporate clients. He is a subject matter expert on Single Screw Extrusion, Twin Screw Extrusion, Blown Film Processing, 3-D Printing, Thermoforming and Injection Molding. Chris also trained Graduate and Undergraduate students on the hands-on operation of Large scale plastic processing equipment and characterization equipment (Thermal Analysis and mechanical Inston), while at the University of Akron.

Day 1:

  1. Introduction to Polymer Science:
    • Classification of polymers, kinetics, molecular weight development.
    • Polymerization mechanisms: free radical, step addition/condensation, anionic, cationic, nucleophilic substitution, electrophilic addition, Z-N and metallocene coordination polymerizations.
    • Backbone structure-property relationships
    • Typical polymerization processes for key industrial polymers; emulsion/suspension, bulk, solution/slurry/gas phase.

Days 2-3:

  1. Fundamentals of Selection and Specification Process
    • Key Issues Related to Specification of Material
    • Design Control Fundamentals:  ISO 9001, 13485, 21CFR-820
    • Consensus Standards:
    • ASTM, ISO, Mil, SAE  Material Standards
    • ASTM, ISO Testing and Analysis Standards
    • Laboratory Standard:  ISO 17025
  1. Common Plastic Part Failures:
    • Case Studies
    • Creep Rupture and Environmental Stress Cracking (ESC) of Plastics
  1. Key Testing and Analysis Methods for Plastics
    • Tensile Properties
    • Impact Testing
    • Modulus of Elasticity
    • Creep Testing
    • Melt Flow Index
    • ESCR Testing
    • Predictive Testing: Aging, Fatigue, Creep
    • Spectroscopy:  FT-IR, NMR, EDX, XPS
    • Chromatography:  GPC, GC, HPLC
    • Thermo-analytical:  DSC, TGA
    • Dynamic Mechanical Spectroscopy:  DMS, DMA, DMTA
  1. Chemistry and Technology of Plastic Materials
    • Commodity, Engineering,  HP Engineering Materials: eg PE, PP, PS, PVC, ABS, PC, PA, POM, PPO, PEI, PEEK, PSU, TFE, FEP, and more.
      1. Chemical Structures
      2. Key US Suppliers
      3. Key Properties – Strengths and Weaknesses
      4. Typical Applications
  1. Chemistry and Technology of Thermoplastic Elastomers:
    • TPO, POE, SBS, SEBS, TPV, TPU, COPES, COPA, and more
      1. Chemical Structures
      2. Key US Suppliers
      3. Key Properties – Strengths and Weaknesses
      4. Typical Applications
  1. Chemistry and Technology of Conventional Elastomers
    • NR/IR, Butyl/IIR, NBR, EPDM, SBR, FKM, and more
      1. Chemical Structures
      2. Key US Suppliers
      3. Key Properties – Strengths and Weaknesses
      4. Failure Analysis