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Plastic Pipe Failure Webinar

April 13, 2017 10:00 AM Central
Presenters: Jeffrey Jansen

Plastic piping systems are an important commercial product used in a wide variety of applications. Because of the diversity of applications and wide range of material used to produce pipes, many different types of failures can result in service. Evaluating these failures through a systematic analysis program allows an assessment of how and why the pipes failed. An essential portion of the failure analysis process is the fractographic examination, which provides information about the crack origin location, and the crack initiation and extension modes. The focus of this investigation was to characterize the surfaces of intentionally cracked laboratory samples in order to gain a more thorough understanding of pipe fracture mechanisms. This paper will document some of the key fracture features associated with overload of various materials used to produce commercial piping systems.

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SME Webinar: Considerations for Optimizing Compression Molding Long-Fiber Composite Parts

April 26, 2017, 1:00 PM Central
Presenters: Erik Foltz

The initiatives of improving fuel efficiency in cars and reducing part cost has driven the trend of light weighting to the forefront of the plastics industry. While a lot of attention is given to optimizing injection molded parts and using long-fiber reinforced plastics to meet these initiatives, the current goals are forcing engineers to selected high-performance applications that are pushing the limit of what injection molded parts and materials can provide. Alternatively, using compression molding to manufacture these performance critical parts, allows for fiber-reinforced polymeric materials to still be used for these applications, and potentially exceed the performance of an injection molded part. While compression molding has traditionally been used using thermosetting applications, the market has also evolved to include long-fiber reinforced thermoplastic (LFT) material, which designers may be more familiar.

This webinar will highlight the benefits and limitations of using compression molding to manufacture both discontinuous fiber reinforced composites. Additionally, the role of processing on part performance will be discussed, and highlighted for both thermoplastic and thermoset materials. Finally, the webinar will show how using simulation can help optimize these components and address potential issues before a mold is constructed.

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