The material selection platform
Coatings Ingredients
The material selection platform
Coatings Ingredients
Online Course

Understanding Structure-Property Relationship for Effective Polymer Selection

On-Demand Course

Recorded on Oct 1, 2020

Avoid part failure in demanding applications by eliminating the primary cause (wrong material choice) with better selection of your plastics based on sound knowledge of core fundamentals.

Jeff Jansen will help you correlate the polymer structure to the end properties of thermoplastics (mechanical, thermal, chemical resistance, etc.) so you opt for more reliable plastics given your part design and in-use constraints.
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Jeffrey A. Jansen Presented By:
Jeffrey Jansen
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Technology
Level: Beginner

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Why should you view this course?

Experts believe that with new demands being placed on plastic parts, the performance will be even more critical. It is important to understand how such materials behave when in contact with aggressive chemicals, elevated temperature, high mechanical stresses… to avoid risking part failure!

And what is not very obvious is that the polymeric structure is important to the performance characteristics of molded parts. In fact, the variation within the properties demonstrated by different plastics arises from diversity in their structure. Before designing & producing your next plastic component, join this course to:

  1. Get a deeper understanding of the relationship between molecular structure (crystallinity, polarity, creep, glass transition) and end performance.

  2. Learn how structural properties of a polymer can differ as per pendant side-chain groups, branching, tacticity, molecular weight…

  3. Opt for more reliable plastic by efficiently translating in-use constraints and base polymer structure into tangible selection criteria.

  4. Improve performance & durability of thermoplastic parts (polyethylene, polyesters, sulfones, polyaryletherketones…) in demanding applications with practical guidance from the expert.

Who should view this course?

Material Scientists and Plastics engineers who select plastic materials & design plastic components for use in a diverse range of applications

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Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this session:
  1. Exploring how properties (thermal, mechanical & chemical) vary as per:
    • Pendant side-chain groups
    • Main polymer chain
    • Molecular building block
    • Branching
    • Tacticity
    • Molecular weight
    • ...

  2. Understanding the influence of molecular structure on:
    • Polymer chain stiffness
    • Molecular mobility
    • Intermolecular bonding between the chains

  3. Deeper analysis of structural factors that impact key features & properties of plastics
    • Crystallinity (Semi-crystalline / Amorphous)
    • Polarity
    • Tensile Properties
    • Temperature Dependent Properties
    • Glass Transition
    • Time Dependent Properties (Creep)

  4. Applying best practices to ease material selection and help avoid failure

  5. 30 mins Q&A- ask your questions directly from the expert!

  6. Have a query ? Email us for any help !

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Members Reviews

EXCELLENT ! I liked the practical vs scientific combination and explanation, easy to follow !

Davies , from Camelbak

EXCELLENT ! Good overview of molecular impact on performance.

Richard G. , from Pounds of Plastic Inc

Very good ! Got great understanding of polymer properties.

Kenneth R. , from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

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