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Published: 4/25/2017

The Need for Generalists: Part 4
Solving problems generally requires distinguishing good samples from bad ones. But that can become clumsy when one person runs the test while another analyzes the data.

Published: 3/24/2017

The Need for Generalists: Part 3
In failure analysis, there is a tendency to gravitate to a few common test protocols. But this approach can result in a mismatch of techniques to the problem.

Published: 1/26/2017

The Need for Generalists, Part 2
Problem-solving requires a team that combines people having academic credentials with others who have hands-on experience.

Published: 12/27/2016

The Need for Generalists: Part 1
Even companies with seemingly unlimited resources can have problems identifying root causes of problems. Maybe they have too many specialists and not enough generalists.

Published: 11/23/2016

Finding Root Causes of a Material Problem
Tools and methods for determining oxidative stability can be useful, but even more useful if constructed to yield the information you really need.

Published: 10/18/2016

The Importance of Oxidative Stability in Polyolefins, Part 3
Tools and methods for determining oxidative stability can be useful, but even more useful if constructed to yield the information you really need.

Published: 9/27/2016

The Importance of Oxidative Stability In Polyolefins, Part 2
The DSC test can do a reasonably good job of capturing the comparative behavior of materials that use similar antioxidant chemistries.

Published: 8/24/2016

MATERIALS: The Importance of Oxidative Stability in Polyolefins
Because oxidation is a process that causes materials to deteriorate over time, its effects or potential for those effects are not always apparent when new products are tested.

Published: 7/29/2016

MATERIALS: Understanding Strain-Rate Sensitivity In Polymers
Material behavior is fundamentally determined by the equivalence of time and temperature. But that principle tends to be lost on processors and designers. Here’s some guidance.

Published: 5/26/2016

MATERIALS: Thermoplastic Urethanes: Why Annealing Makes a Big Difference
Under the right conditions, annealing can drive TPU performance to a greater level than can be achieved at room temperature.