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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.

Published: 4/25/2016

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data
It’s time for material suppliers to take a fresh approach to providing data. Thankfully, things are starting to move in that direction. Part 12 of 12.

Published: 3/24/2016

MATERIALS:The Problems with Single-Point Data
This real-world scenario explains why molders and their customers need to ‘think in terms of graphs’ and gather as much data as possible before selecting a material for an application. Part 11.

Published: 2/22/2016

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data: Part 10
You can predict creep performance of a material over time at a particular temperature by examining how its modulus changes over a range of temperatures.

Published: 1/20/2016

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data: Part 9
Time—and not just temperature—governs the behavior of materials under load. Both must be considered when evaluating a polymer for an application.

Published: 12/21/2015

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data, Part 8
DTUL tests may have made sense in the 1940s and 1950s, before the advent of dynamic mechanical analysis. But designers and engineers today need better tools.

Published: 11/23/2015

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data, Part 7
The industry can choose between continuing to perform DTUL tests that provide single points that are part of a curve never seen, or perform the test that provides the entire curve.

Published: 10/26/2015

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data--Part 6
Data sheets can be limited in the information they provide on how the material performs at elevated temperatures.

Published: 9/25/2015

MATERIALS: Impact Testing: The Problems With Single-Point Data
Knowledge of test conditions and graphical data showing the course of the impact event can help provide engineers and designers with the information they need to make informed choices about material toughness.

Published: 8/17/2015

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data
In plastics, notched Izod and Charpy test results have been complicated by the way they are reported.