Plastics Failure Guide 2E

Cause and Prevention
Copyright: 2013
ISBN: 9781569904497
Hardcover: 833 pages, full color
$299.99 (US)

Contents:

Nature, Causes, and Consequences of Plastics Failure. Fundamental Materials Variables Affecting Processing and Product Performance or Failure. Failures Related to Design and Material Selection. Examples. Processing-Related Factors to Failure. Failure Related to Service Conditions. Failure Analysis and Test Procedures. Quality Control. Legal Aspects of Plastic Product Liability and Failure. Examples of Failures in Various Applications.

Description:

Plastics failure, to a certain extent, is the result of a phenomenal increase in the number and variety of applications in relatively few years. The focus of this book is on actual field and product failures. The treatment is comprehensive, emphasizing cause and prevention. The concept of the interdependence of material, design, and processing is applied to all examples and cases. The "how to" of prevention is brought out as a logical extension of the cause of failure.

Author Info:

Ezrin, M.

Dr. Myer Ezrin, Yale 1953 Chemistry, retired from the University of Connecticut-Institute of Materials Science (UCONN-IMS) in 2006. He directed an industrial failure analysis and support program for metals, ceramics, and polymers. He specializes in plastics failure analysis and plastics compositional analysis. At retirement he had 55 years experience in industry and academia, including patent infringement litigation, solar panels, and electrical insulation. Industrial employment was at DuPont, Monsanto, and Springborn Laboratories (plastics consulting).

In retirement he wrote the second edition of the Plastics Failure Guide, adding three new chapters. In two of those chapters, he broke new ground with “Failure of Human Biopolymers” and “Environmental, Recycling and Health Aspects of Plastics Failure” as new types of polymer failure. Polymer composition and susceptibility to failure of natural polymers (human biopolymers) are remarkably similar to synthetic polymers (plastics). His interest in failure of human biopolymers grew out of his late wife’s bout with cancer. He wrote a 1997 paper “Plastics Failure/People Failure.” Since 2006 he continued to consult on plastics failure litigation.    

He is co-author of a 1983 book on plastics analysis, and was a co-founder and President of the Society of Plastics Engineers—Failure Analysis and Prevention Special Interest Group. He has over 70 papers in plastics failure, plastics analysis, solar panels, and electrical insulation. He has lectured on plastics failure at UCONN, Bangkok (Thailand) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Interactive video courses were given to various locations from UCONN. Papers were presented in many American and foreign cities.

Dr. Ezrin enlisted in the US Navy in WWII and served on a repair ship. In his second retirement he is learning to play the cello. He says it is the hardest thing he has done.