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The mechanical properties of plastics will vary depending on the temperature. Significant changes in short-term properties such as strength and ductility, as well as long-term properties including creep and fatigue can be observed, even over a relatively small range. This instability is due to the inherent molecular structure of polymeric materials and the resulting viscoelasticity. Having a very different structure, metals do not exhibit this type of behavior, and the variation in plastics can be overlooked. Many applications expose plastic components to temperatures above and below ambient. In order to avoid failure, it is important to understand how the properties will change across the use range.
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The Madison Group is recognized as a global leader in the plastics industry. We offer a variety of customized consulting services from material selection to design verification to failure analysis and everywhere in between.
Jeff is a graduate of Carroll College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is an expert in failure analysis, material identification and selection, as well as compatibility, aging, and lifetime prediction studies for thermoplastic materials.
The Madison Group has been a recognized global leader providing consulting services, technical expertise and innovative technology to the plastics industry since 1993. We solve plastic problems and find economic solutions that help drive product development to yield higher quality parts.
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