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Environmental Stress Cracking: The Plastic Killer

October 10 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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If you deal with plastic components, then “Environmental Stress Cracking of Plastics” will provide you with information that will enhance your understanding of the interaction between chemicals and plastic resins, and help prevent premature failure. Environmental stress cracking (ESC) is a phenomenon in which a plastic resin undergoes premature embrittlement and subsequent cracking due to the simultaneous and synergistic action of stress and contact with a chemical agent. ESC is a leading cause of plastic component failure, and a recent study suggests that 25% of plastic part failures are related to ESC.

The webinar will be presented from a practical viewpoint with actual case studies to illustrate the ESC mechanism and explain plastic performance. Topics covered during this session include:

  • Introduction to ESC
  • How plastics fail
  • Explanation of the ESC failure mechanism
  • Generalizations related to chemical interaction with plastics
  • ESC resistance testing used to evaluate plastic/chemical compatibility
  • Case Illustrations of some common solvent-based failure modes


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