In our daily lives, we are surrounded by electrical equipment and devices that perform various tasks. Globalization has led some manufacturers to implement strict cost control standards, which in some cases may result in a decrease in product quality. The endless list of safety recalls reflects this unavoidable fact.
The use of chemical compounds and products sometimes causes failures in various types of materials, such as metal and plastic parts. Although chemicals are generally stable under normal storage conditions, they are often volatile, which can cause corrosion of some metals, including stainless steel. In addition, they can cause rapid degradation of plastic materials and their composites.
The vast majority of materials around us are manufactured or made of plastic (polymer). Polymers are present in adhesives, paints, composite materials, membranes, fibres, various elastomers and even in food. In fact, polymers are present in most of the objects and consumer products we use everyday.