Electrical property considerations for plastic materials
Smithers expert Dr Andrew Hulme explores why it is critical to have an understanding of electrical properties in plastics.
There are various technical and industrial purposes for which a polymer with a reduced resistivity is a useful material, the most frequent application being for the dissipation of static charges. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can result in electrical shock to a person or create sparks which are very dangerous, especially in potentially explosive atmospheres.
The experts at the Smithers rubber and plastic testing labs have years of experience with electrical testing to industry standards, as well as designing custom test protocols to meet your team's needs. Support can be provided at the material development stage, including plastic and rubber processing, as well as final material qualification testing.
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Examples of the types of products and standards we test to include:
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