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.
Their presence in a wide range of products also makes them susceptible to various failures, such as:
- Mechanical failure
- Manufacturing defects
- Chemical incompatibility
- Premature degradation
- Poor adhesion
- Improper installation
A polymer expert can accurately determine the cause of failure using analytical techniques such as infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, nuclear magnetic resonance and scanning electron microscope.
Polymeric materials experts have knowledge of chemistry, mechanical breakage, fractography and physico-chemical analysis, which allow them to clearly determine the cause of a failure. The failure of a part is never a coincidence, but an accumulation of errors, defects or mechanical stress leading to its breakage.
Our experts have extensive experience in polymer in the examination, analysis and assessment of products, which enables them to help you manage your cases.