Thermoplastic Materials and Testing - Course Description

Upcoming Offerings:

  • TBA

Instructor: Gary Smith

Fee: $1,195

Educational Goals: 

This workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of the common ASTM tests found on a standard material data sheet. Participants will become familiar with many of the actual tests through a hands-on lab portion which will point out the strengths and weaknesses of the individual tests. The participant will leave the workshop with a better understanding of the values presented when comparing materials and be better informed as to how those values can be applied.

Who Should Attend: 

Engineers, technicians, sales engineers, managers, and anyone involved with specifying materials or dealing with material data sheets should attend this two-day workshop. It is also valuable to anyone who would like a better understanding of how plastics differ from other materials.

Course Outline: 

1. Plastics Phenomena - what makes plastics different from other materials

  • Viscoelasticity
  • Entanglement
  • Orientation
  • Crystallinity

2. Mechanical Testing

  • Tensile
  • Flexural
  • Impact

3. Physical Testing

  • Hardness
  • Specific Gravity

4. Rheological Testing

  • Non-Newtonian Behavior
  • Melt Index
  • Rheometry

5. Thermal Properties Testing

  • DSC
  • DMA
  • TGA