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Compositional and Failure Analysis of Polymers: A Practical Approach / Edition 1

Compositional and Failure Analysis of Polymers: A Practical Approach / Edition 1

by John ScheirsJohn Scheirs


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Intended as a practical guide for polymer technologists, engineers and analysts in the plastics, composites and rubber fields, this title describes a range of techniques and strategies for compositional and failure analysis of polymeric materials and products. Numerous examples illustrate the application of analytical methods for solving commonly encountered problems in the polymer industry. The reader is guided towards the most appropriate method of analysis and measurement and the most likely reasons for the failure.

Areas covered include:
* Migration and interaction of additives
* Mechanical stress and stress cracking
* Crazing and fracture
* Residual stress and weld lines
* Contamination and discoloration
Numerous pedagogical methods, illustrative flow diagrams, figures and tables are used throughout the text to make it an invaluable guide to all analysts and polymer engineers in industrial or academic laboratories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471625728
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/27/2000
Pages: 806
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.47(d)

About the Author

John Scheirs ExcelPlas, Australia

Table of Contents

A Methodology for Solving Polymer Problems.

Sampling and Sample Preparation.

Microscopy of Polymers.

Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Analysis Methods for Polymers.

Thermal Analysis of Polymers.

Identification and Analysis of Polymers.

Analysis of Blends, Copolymers and Oligomers.

Identification and Analysis of Thermoset Elastomers.

Analysis of 'Difficult' or Intractable Polymer Samples.

Analysis of Additives in Polymers and Elastomers.

Analysis of Contaminants and Inclusions in Polymers.

Mechanical Failure Mechanisms of Polymers.

Chemical Attack of Polymers.

Oxidative Degradation of Polymers.

Failure of Fibre-Reinforced Composites.

Problems Related to Additives in Polymers.

Weathering of Polymers.

Environmental Stress Cracking of Polymers.

Residual Stresses and Weld Lines in Polymers.

Odour, Tainting and Outgassing Problems with Polymers.

Adhesion Problems with Polymers and Interfaces.

Voids, Blisters and Surface Defects.

Discoloration of Polymers.


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