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  • Intro; Title page; Table of Contents; Copyright; Dedication; Preface to the Second Edition; Preface to the First Edition; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1. Introduction; Chapter 2. Sample Examination and Analysis; Chapter 3. Medical Devices; Chapter 4. Storage Tanks; Chapter 5. Small Containers; Chapter 6. Pipes and Fittings; Chapter 7. Polymer Seals and Sealants; Chapter 8. Tools and Ladders; Chapter 9. Transportation Failures; Chapter 10. Consumer Products; Chapter 11. Conclusions; Index; 1.1. Product failure; 1.2. Non-metallic elements; 1.3. Bonding; 1.4. Properties of non-metallic materials
  • 1.5. Failure modes1.6. Chemical attack; 1.7. Investigation; 1.8. Public information; 1.9. Intellectual property; 1.10. Expert evidence; 2.1. Introduction; 2.2. Polymer processing; 2.3. Mechanical testing; 2.4. Recording failure; 2.5. Forensic microscopy; 2.6. Product defects; 2.7. Molecular analysis; 2.8. Integrity of results; 2.9. Conclusions; 3.1. Introduction; 3.2. Broken catheters; 3.3. Catheter systems; 3.4. Breast implants; 3.5. Sutures; 3.6. Breathing tube failures; 3.7. Conclusions; 4.1. Introduction; 4.2. Boston molasses disaster; 4.3. Thermoplastic tanks
  • 4.4. Fibreglass tank failures4.5. Reconstruction of events; 4.6. Aftermath; 4.7. Acid storage tanks; 4.8. Setting new standards; 5.1. Introduction; 5.2. Battery containers; 5.3. Problem bucket; 5.4. Exploding batteries; 5.5. Truck battery case failures; 5.6. Miners' lamps; 5.7. Design development; 5.8. Conclusions; 6.1. Introduction; 6.2. Fracture of PVC water pipe; 6.3. PVC water supplies; 6.4. Gas explosions; 6.5. ABS pipes and fittings; 6.6. Compressed gas explosion; 6.7. Widespread pipe failures; 6.8. Conclusions; 7.1. Introduction; 7.2. Brake failure; 7.3. Challenger disaster
  • 7.4. Serial failures at semi-conductor factory7.5. Radiator washers; 7.6. Failures in mastics; 7.7. Conclusions; 8.1. Introduction; 8.2. Failure of polypropylene hobby knives; 8.3. Failure of polystyrene hobby knives; 8.4. Failed angle grinder; 8.5. Security cap for gas cylinders; 8.6. Failure of an ABS handle; 8.7. Furniture failures; 8.8. Failed swimming pool step; 8.9. Failed fittings on ladders; 8.10. Conclusions; 9.1. Introduction; 9.2. Motorbike accident in France; 9.3. Drive belt failure; 9.4. Failure of tyres; 9.5. Failed fuel pipes; 9.6. Aircraft tractor hydraulic hose
  • 9.7. Diesel fuel pipe problem9.8. Conclusions; 10.1. Introduction; 10.2. Transformer plug failures; 10.3. Busbar plugs; 10.4. Residual current devices; 10.5. Kettle switches; 10.6. Luggage carrier; 10.7. Bike carriers; 10.8. Baby cot failure; 10.9. Failed heat pad; 10.10. Failed hot water bottle; 10.11. Faulty steam cleaner; 10.12. Conclusions; 11.1. Introduction: causes of product failure; 11.2. Poor manufacture; 11.3. Poor design; 11.4. Poor materials and products; 11.5. Environmental problems; 11.6. Access to information
Forensic Polymer Engineering: Why Polymer Products Fail in Service, Second Edition presents and explains the latest forensic engineering techniques used in the investigation of failed polymer materials that are illustrated with a very large number of detailed case studies which show the different types of failure and the forensic engineering techniques used in their investigation. In this updated edition, new case studies have been added to include patent disputes and failed products such as spiral wound wall storage tanks, lithium battery explosions, water bottle failures, and breast implant failures (such as the PIP scandal). New images demonstrating failure have been included, and images from the previous edition are reproduced in color and enhanced with additional explanatory detail. With a dedicated focus on polymeric materials, the book includes details on the experimental techniques that are used to characterize the materials, particularly in cases of failure. Finally, the book has information on the fabrication of polymer devices, as manufacturing flaws often play a role in failure. * Demonstrates the latest forensic engineering techniques used in the investigation of failed polymer components* Presents detailed case studies that illustrate different types of failure in polymer components, fittings, and medical devices* Examines the role of manufacturing in product failure with an overview of faults recognized in methods, design, and material selection* Provides an integrated approach to polymer failures that covers everything from basic materials properties, through to the experimental techniques required to study them.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780081010556 20160815
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xxii, 476 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- Examination and analysis of failed components-- Polymer medical devices-- Polymer storage tanks-- Small polymeric containers-- Polymeric pipes and fittings-- Polymeric seals-- Tools and ladders-- Components in transport applications-- Consumer products-- Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845697808 20160604
Given the infinite number of applications of polymeric materials in everyday life, especially applications where a failure in service may lead to economic loss, injury or death, the ability to determine the cause of failure using forensic engineering techniques is essential. Forensic polymer engineering: Why polymer products fail in service reviews the latest forensic engineering techniques used in the investigation of failed polymer materials. It presents a series of case studies which illustrate the different types of failure and the forensic engineering techniques used in their investigation. The first chapters give an introduction to forensic polymer engineering and an overview of the examination and analysis of failed polymer components. Further chapters give detailed case studies of failure and forensic investigation of polymeric medical devices, polymer storage tanks, small polymeric containers, polymer pipes and fittings, polymeric seals, polymeric tools and ladders, polymer components in transport applications and polymer consumer products. A final concluding chapter provides information on causes of product failure and discusses poor manufacturing methods, poor design, poor choice of materials and failure due to insufficient account being taken of environmental factors. With its distinguished authors, Forensic polymer engineering: why polymer products fail in service will be a standard reference for forensic experts practicing in all engineering fields that involve polymeric materials, as well as design and construction professionals, product manufacturers and insurance professionals.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845697808 20160604
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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192 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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xxiv, 438 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Most books on forensic engineering focus on civil engineering failures rather than consumer or general mechanical products. Unique both in scope and style, this treatment is built upon case studies of real accidents, broadly focused on consumer products, and dedicated to problem solving through scientific principles. Each well-illustrated case study includes legal background, reports the case results, and highlights the lessons learned from the case. New materials and applications appear constantly, and with them, new failure modes. This book provides an outstanding opportunity to gain virtual experience through facts and feedback from forensic engineering practitioners.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780849311826 20160528
A catheter used to transfer vital fluids splits during surgery.A wheel detaches from a moving car on the highway.A small gear tooth breaks from a chisel and flies into a mechanic's eye.How did these accidents occur and were they preventable? Peter Lewis, Ken Reynolds, and Colin Gagg are seasoned forensic engineers who have been commissioned by insurance companies, lawyers, and private clients to investigate a variety of mechanical accidents that allegedly involved faulty equipment. The causes of these failures have varied - from manufacturing defects to user negligence to a combination of both - but their outcomes are often the same: huge financial loss, and sometimes even the immeasurable loss of life.Case studies are the most valuable source of information for manufacturers striving to improve their products. In Forensic Materials Engineering: Case Studies, the authors offer stories of real accidents and thorough assessments of what went wrong. Unlike other case study presentations, they focus on not just the technical details, but also other vital aspects, including human error, turning points in the investigations, and the litigation involved. Presented in chronological order, each well-illustrated case study includes legal background, reports the case results, and highlights the lessons learned from the case. New materials and applications appear constantly, and with them, new failure modes. Examining various materials in a range of situations, Forensic Materials Engineering: Case Studies provides an outstanding opportunity to gain virtual experience through up-to-date facts and feedback from forensic engineering practitioners.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780849311826 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)

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