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Plastic Part Failure Analysis


Look at failures in plastic products and their prevention from the standpoint of the fundamentals of part design, mold design, material selection, processing, and product testing and validation. Discuss the importance of each of these areas. Review the tools used to conduct failure analysis with an emphasis on practical application and a standard approach to methodology. Case studies are provided as illustrations of how these principles and tools are applied.


Elements of a Successful Plastic Product

  • Part design
  • Mold design
  • Material selection
  • Processing

Principles of Plastic Part Design

  • Nominal walls
  • Ribs and other projections
  • Holes and other depressions
  • Designing for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA)
  • Design properties versus inherent properties of materials

Mold Design Considerations

  • Mold steel selection
  • Managing polymer flow in the mold – runners and gates
  • Cavitation and the effect on balanced flow
  • The economics of cavitation
  • Hot runners versus conventional cold runners
  • Mold temperature control
  • Draft angles and ejection

Material Selection

  • Defining the application environment – time, temperature, stresses
  • Amorphous and semi-crystalline polymers
  • The importance of molecular weight
  • Structural choices within a polymer family
  • Property modifiers and additives
  • Regulatory considerations – UL, NSF, FDA

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Who Should Attend

Mold designers, tooling engineers and toolmakers, product designers, buyers, molders, managers, and quality assurance professionals responsible for solving and preventing performance problems in all things plastic

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the different forms of plastic part failure mechanism
  • Recognize the cause and effect of the failure mode
  • Review the tools used to conduct failure analysis with an emphasis on practical application

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This program can be applied toward the:

Dates and locations to be announced.
Fee: $1090
CEUs: 1.4
  Plastic Part Failure Analysis course details PDF
Email us with your interest, contact:
Marcia Gabriel,, 414-227-3378
Murali Vedula,, 414-227-3121


Fall 2015 Plastics Engineering Brochure
Plastics Brochure
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