Polymers: Forces & Stresses

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Forces & Stresses

When manufacturing a product, it is important you understand what materials can and cannot do.

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  • Materials need to be tested so they are fit for purpose and so they are functional.
  • Every material can fit a certain product type but you must know its capabilities.
    • Applied forces and stresses can allow us to test the capabilities of materials.
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  • Torsion - twisting force applied to both or one end of a material.
  • Shear - forces acting across the material in opposite directions.
  • Tension - pulling force that is outwards.
  • Compression - pushing force that is inwards.
  • Bending - forces at an angle to sheet materials.

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