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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.
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