SPE WEBINAR: Environmental Stress Cracking: The Plastic Killer

Controlling Energy Use in Plastics Processing

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Environmental Stress Cracking: The Plastic Killer

Thursday, October 10, 2024; 11:00AM–12:00PM EST
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Summary

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

About Speaker

Jeffrey A. Jansen
Engineering Manager
The Madison Group

Jeffrey A. Jansen is the Engineering Manager and a Partner at The Madison Group, an independent plastics engineering and consulting firm. Jeff is a proven plastic professional with more than 30 years of experience solving problems and addressing opportunities related to polymeric materials. He specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, as well as compatibility, aging, and lifetime prediction studies for thermoplastic materials. Jeff has performed over 5,000 investigations, both for industrial clients and as a part of litigation. He is a regular presenter on the SPE webinar series, covering a wide range of topics related to plastics failure, material performance, testing, and polymer technology. Jeff is a graduate of Carroll College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Who Should Attend?

  • Have you encountered “unexpected” failures in your plastic components, especially when exposed to chemical agents like solvents? ESC could be the cause.
  • Are these failures impacting your business's reputation and finances?
  • Are you looking to proactively prevent such failures in the future?
  • Do you want to ensure your product's ESC resistance before it hits the market?
  • If you answered yes to any of these questions, this webinar is designed for you!

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