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Understanding Thermoplastic Materials: Synthesis, Structure, and End Use Performance - 2 Day Course

Course description
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404
Cost: $1,200.00 USD
CEU's: 1.6
Instructor: Mr. David Russell

Course Overview

Intended for materials scientists, engineers, and technical sales and marketing personnel.  This course is designed to provide in-depth understanding of the fundamental polymer chemistry and structure-property relationships as relates to successful selection of materials.   Through review of case studies of actual failures the course relates this materials understanding to process design, part design, engineering testing, and predictive testing so as to facilitate designing for long term performance.    Materials discussed include thermoplastic elastomers, commodity resins, engineering plastics, and high performance specialty resin. Key properties of each resin example are discussed in perspective of their typical uses such as automotive, aerospace, consumer durables, construction, hose, tubing, medical device, food and drug and the like.

Instructor Biography:

russellDave Russell is a graduate of The University of Akron where he studied Engineering, Mathematics, and Polymer Science. Dave has worked in the polymer industry at all levels of business from bench chemist to CEO; operating R&D laboratories, compounding plants, polymerization units and quality organizations.

Dave’s experience spans over 40 years working for companies like Goodyear, Eaton Corp, Akron Polymer Laboratory, Akron BioMaterials Inc, Biomerics LLC and Integra Life Sciences. Dave is currently an industry consultant specializing in marketing new products,  rubber and plastics failure analysis, polyurethane chemistry and technology  and polymeric medical devices.

Introduction and Market Overview

Macromolecular Topography and Architecture:

  • Molecular Weight
  • Linear vs Branched
  • Stereochemistry
  • Copolymers: Alternating,  Segmented Random, Segmented Block, Graft,
  • Super-macromolecular Architecture: Amorphous, Crystalline, Morphology

Basics of Polymer Synthesis and Relevant Examples:

  • Chain Addition Polymerizations: Radical, Anionic, Cationic, Coordination
  • Step Addition Polymerizations

Tayloring Properties with Post Reactor Processes:

  • Polyblends
  • Compounding
  • Dynamic Vulcanization
  • eBeam Crosslinking
  • Surface Modifications

Chemical / Analytical Characterizations

Engineering Properties and Test Methods

Failure Analysis: Modes of Failure, Case Studies and Predictive Testing

Chemistry, Structure, Properties, and Typical Applications of Thermoplastic Materials:

  • Commodity Resins: PE, PP, Styrenics, Acrylics, PVC
  • Engineering Resins: Nylon, Polyester, Polycarbonate, Acetals,, PPO
  • Specialty and High Performance Resin: Fluoroplastics, Polyether Ketones,  Polysulfones, Polyimides,
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers: TPU, Copolyesters, Copolyamides, TPVs, TPOs, Block Copolymers.

Regulatory Issues: 

  • Flammability and Smoke
  • Food Contact
  • Medical Device
  • UL, NSF, Other