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Fractography in Failure Analysis of Polymers

Better knowledge of polymer failure enables engineers to improve material selection, design and processing, and ultimately improve reliability of their products. Equally, this knowledge is vital for engineers to determine the root causes of failure when it occurs - particularly when considering the ramifications of product liability claims, environmental concerns and brand image.

This book is a practical guide to the science of fractography and its application in the failure analysis of plastic components. In addition to a brief background on the theory of fractography, the authors discuss the various fractographic tools and techniques in identifying key fracture characteristics. Case studies are provided for a wide range of polymer types, applications and failure modes, as well as best practice guidelines to enable engineers to apply the lessons from these case studies to their own work.

Detailed images are included for different materials and conditions, along with the appropriate context so they can be used for reference in failure investigations.


Plastics Professionals, including manufacturers, product designers, and consultants.
Forensic investigators, either plastics experts or mechanical engineers examining failed parts.
Educators in materials science.

Hardbound, 256 Pages

Published: April 2015

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-0-323-24272-1


  • 1. Introduction
    2. Fractography as a Failure Analysis Tool
    3. Instrumentation and Techniques
    4. Fractography Basics
    5. Common Mistakes
    6. Other Polymers
    7. Additional Case Studies


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