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Failure of Plastics and Rubber Products: Causes, Effects and Case Studies Involving Degradation Hardcover – September 1, 2001


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During his 30 years with Rapra, until his recent retirement, Dr. David C. Wright specialized in the failure of plastics materials and products. He published around 90 technical papers and 3 books, and was involved in the diagnosis of some 5,000 product failures, making him a leading expert in this field.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Plastics Design Library (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884207936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884207938
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,472,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. R. Lewis on May 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The publication of this work marks a watershed in failure analysis. While most engineering failure books have been largely theoretical with occasional cases to illustrate the principles, it is rare to see that approach reversed, with cases coming first and lessons drawn from them afterwards. With polymer products, failure was even less considered as a subject worth writing about than metals. It is certainly true that major events like the Tay bridge, Titanic and Comet disasters have stimulate a much greater awareness of product and material failure with metals, and polymers have taken a rear seat in public as well as professional awareness of any problems. However, there have been some spectacular disasters such as the Challenger explosion, in which polymers have directly caused the accident. In that case, it was the infamous Viton rubber O ring seals on one of the booster rockets which burnt away, and so released explosive gases into the air. On the other hand, the general public is only too aware of the failure of plastic and elastomeric products, such as packaging failures (shopping bag fails under weight, and shopping falls to the pavement, etc). So David Wright's book is very welcome for it provides a large compendium of case studies to assist other investigators considering specific failures or accidents caused by those failures. There is a large number of failures caused by polymer degradation such as polyethylene pipe by sunlight, and contact with organic fluids, a well known cause of ESC (environmental stress cracking). They must however, be distinguished from chemical attack, such as the degradation of polycarbonate by alkali liquids (SCC).Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
The author provides this book as the product of over 5000 cases he personally conducted. It is a masterpiece, including charts and tables of the types of failures while explaining each kind in detail in each chapter. Case studies and photos accompany with recommended fix for each. A real must-have. Get this with Plastics Failure Guide (Ezrin).
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