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Course details and format
- Dates in 2021: 15 Nov - 13 Dec
- 5 hours of recorded modules available
- Courses of 14 days duration include an extra 14 days access to materials after the Q&A
- Live Q&A on final day of course 3pm GMT (or BST when applicable)
Online training: How it works
- Same high quality content as our in-person course.
- (Our in-person course features additional interactive sessions and live demonstrations)
- 5 hours of expert training delivered via recorded modules hosted online - allowing you to study at a time that suits you
- 28 days access to recordings allowing you to learn at your own pace
- Same high quality Smithers' training experience
- No travel costs or complexities
- Live Q&A with course tutors - ask questions and consolidate learning
- Electronic copies of course notes
This online course will build your understanding of plastics materials and processing - helping you avoid common causes of product failure, which often result from a lack of material knowledge.
As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:
- Distinguish between the different generic and sub-generic types of plastic and have a basic knowledge of their relative advantages and disadvantages
- Understand the methodology associated with the effective selection of plastics for specific applications
- Understand the physical characteristics of plastics, the effects of time, temperature and stress and the implications of those characteristics on the design process
- Identify and rectify existing or potential product failure regions
- Identify and rectify potential or existing processing problems
- Identify and rectify potential or existing joining problems
- Understand how to better use material data for more effective design through the use of relevant testing and software tools.
Common Manufacturing Problems
- Classification (thermosets, thermoplastics, semi-crystalline, amorphous), major modifications (fibre reinforced, impact modified, etc.).
- Properties, characteristics advantages and disadvantages of common plastics.
- Injection moulding
- Blow moulding
Design for Performance
- Navigating though the many plastics types and thousands of grades available
- How to understand and use data sheets
- Advice on drawing up the specification including the hidden requirements, often overlooked, which can result in failure.
- Structural performance of plastics (creep, stress relaxation, fatigue, effect of temperature, ageing, chemical attack), allowable design stresses and strains.
- Differences betwen short and long term mechanical properties and their impact on application.
- Introduction of methodologies to use long term materials data to improve confidence in the performance of a design and minimise the risk of product failure in the long term.
- Common causes of failure, brittle fracture (stress cracking, embrittlement, effect of notches, uv degradation, hydrolysis), impact, fatigue
Who will benefit?
Those new to the plastics industry or moving to a new position who need to gain a better understanding of design and development of new products. This course will also benefit anyone responsible for the plastics supply chain and will equip them with the know-how and confidence necessary in order to work efficiently and effectively and to manage change.
- Product Designers
- Product Development Engineers
- Technical services
- Quality assurance
- Component procurement
- Others involved in the design or development of new products and who need an understanding of the engineering capabilities of plastics
- Little or no knowledge of plastics materials and processes is assumed.
This course is presented by:
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What our delegates say about the course material
"Extremely informative, a lot of great knowledge in two days, I would recommend this course to all plastic component design engineers"
Thomas Morrice (NCR)
"Very well prepared and communicated"
Stephen Joyce (Freudenberg Sealing Technologies)
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