Major Testing Techniques for Plastics: An Introduction
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About the Course
This 3-day class introduces basic principles, techniques, and equipment for the most commonly-used physical and analytical tests on polymeric materials, including: mechanical properties, chemical analysis, combustibility, instrumental analysis, and thermal aging.
Please note: This course emphasizes fundamentals rather than advanced theory.
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Free ASTM Membership
Attend this course and receive a FREE 1-year membership to ASTM International and Committee D20 on Plastics. (Applies to new members only and may not be used to renew existing memberships)
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Who Should Attend
Technicians, shop foremen, sales representatives, technical liaisons, professionals new to testing, process engineers, laboratory supervisors and managers accountable for quality assurance or product development, and anyone who needs knowledge of test methods.
* Referenced ASTM standards
* Course notes
* Refreshment breaks
* A Certificate of Completion
* 2.0 CEUs.
*Basic Polymer Structure & Explanation of Terms
*Analyzing Test Data
*Viscoelastic Behavior-effects of time, temperature, & speed of testing
*Static Tests-tensile, flexural, etc.
*Impact Tests; Long-Term Tests
*Measuring Yield Point, Strain, 4 Kinds of Modulus, etc.
*Computerization & Automation
Introduction to Analytical Techniques
*Spectroscopy: infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, etc.
*Molecular Characterization: viscosity, size exclusion, etc.
Application of Instrumental & Chemical Methods
*Additives: types, sample preparation, methods of analysis
*Foreign Materials in Plastics
*Polymer Residuals: headspace analysis by GC, LC
*Polymer: spectroscopy, molecular characterization
*Others: FDA associated, odor, taste, etc.
*Aging Mechanisms and Rates
*Flame Spread: small-, medium-, and large-scale tests
*Heat Release; Smoke; Toxicity; Corrosivity
About the Instructors
Charles G. Smith, a consultant, recently retired after 28 years in the analytical sciences laboratory of The Dow Chemical Co. There he developed methods, and applied chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques to the analysis of polymeric systems, including the application of pyrolysis techniques for the identification and characterization of polymers. He has published over 15 technical papers and is an active member of ASTM. Smith received a B.S degree from Allegheny College and an M.S. in analytical chemistry from the Univ. of Michigan.
Paul Graboff, a plastics consultant, excels in technical management, quality assurance, testing, research, and development. In addition to being a Fellow of ASTM, he is also an active member of ACS, SPE, and the U.S. TAG to ISO TC/61 on Plastics. Graboff is a graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology, New York University, and New York City Community College.
Bob Lambert, a consultant, recently retired from Eastman Chemical Company after 35 years service. In addition to extensive experience in physical testing and color assessment, he has been involved in the development, manufacturing, quality assurance, and technical service aspects of the plastics industry throughout his career. He has actively participated in ASTM and SPE for many years and prior to retirement was the chairman of ASTM D20.40 Subcommittee on Optical Properties. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University.
About ASTM and Sponsoring Committee D20
Established in 1898, ASTM is one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the world's most widely used and accepted documents. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards (available in print, on CD-ROM, and online)contain over 12,000 standards written by 34,000 members on 140 technical committees. These standards are widely used throughout the world as the basis of purchasing and other contracts, codes, laws and regulations. The standards referenced in this course were developed by ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics. For information on Committee D20, contact Alyson Fick at (610) 832-9640 or go to our D20 technical committee page.
ASTM Standards Referenced
The following standards will be distributed as representative samples:
* D882 Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting
* D3895 Oxidative Induction Time of Polyolefins by Differential Scanning Calorimetry
* D5296 Molecular Weight Averages and Molecular Weight Distribution of Polystyrene by High Performance Size-Exclusion Chromatography
* D2103 Polyethylene Film and Sheeting
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