MATERIALS KNOW HOW

Engineering Resins

Part 1: The Importance of Mold Temperature When Processing Polycarbonate

An often overlooked factor in optimizing the ductility of PC is the rate at which the polymer is cooled in the mold.

Engineering Resins

Part 5: Heat Deflection Temperature vs. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

In the final part of this five-installment series, we bring DMA to a practical level using the results for glass-filled nylon.
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Materials

Part 4: Heat Deflection Temperature vs. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

The presentation of DMA data can sometimes frustrate users and discourage its adoption. Those unfamiliar with DMA should insist on receiving data relevant to the manner in which the part they are developing will be used.
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Testing

Heat Deflection Temperature vs. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (Part 3)

DMA provides a rich and detailed picture of polymer performance, and it can be challenging to understand all the things that we can and should know about our materials. But the fact that it may be hard does not mean that it should not be attempted.
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Testing

PART 2 Heat Deflection Temperature vs. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

Here’s a real-world example of a part failure demonstrating why DMA curves have more value than single-point data generated by HDT.  
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Testing

Part 1: Heat Deflection Temperature vs. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

Does the industry need a better way of reporting the temperature-dependent behavior of plastics? With DMA, it already has one. But it’s been glacially slow to catch on.
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Additives

Part 11: A Processor's Most Important Job

It’s the processors job to ensure molded parts contain enough stabilizer to perform to the expectations of the end use.
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Materials

A Processor’s Most Important Job, Part 10: Fiber-Length Retention

Glass and carbon fibers are often used to increase material strength and modulus. To maintain these properties, the aspect ratio of these fibers must be maintained.
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Materials Know How

A Processor's Most Important Job, Part 9: Avoid Molded-In Stress

How to establish molding conditions that minimize internal stress in a part.
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