Failure Analysis of Polymeric Materials

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Authors
  1. Hiltz, J.A.
  2. Fisher, G.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
The use of polymeric materials on naval vessels continues to increase. At present most of the applications are non-structural, but structural applications should increase as topside weight reduction becomes critical and concerns about fire and flammability properties are addressed. Concomitant with the increased use of these materials are increased in-service failures. In this paper an approach to the study of polymer failures is discussed. It includes material identification, consideration of the in-service environment, and the study of fracture surfaces to determine the cause of the failure. Several polymer failures are discussed to illustrate the applicability of the technique to the analysis of failures.
Report Number
DREA-SR-1999-162-PAP-31;DREA-SL-1999-058 — CONTAINED IN CA000150
Date of publication
01 Oct 1999
Number of Pages
23
DSTKIM No
CA000181
CANDIS No
511905
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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