Polymer materials are viscoelastic in nature and their properties are highly dependent on time, temperature and stress. As a simple illustration, the long term fatigue strength of polycarbonate is only 14% of the short term tensile strength quoted on manufacturers’ data sheets. The significance of this is often overlooked at the design stage.
This three day course, deliverered in partnership with MIRCE has been designed for practicing engineers, analysts and managers. It will provide a general understanding of polymers as physical materials, their properties and failure mechanisms, reliability analysis method and methods that should be used in design and production processes to assure desirable durability characteristics.