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Speeding the path to material data

15 September 2023

Speeding the path to material data

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Accelerated testing plays a pivotal role in assessing the performance, durability, and reliability of engineered plastics and compounds, allowing researchers and engineers to rapidly gather data and to expose potential flaws or weaknesses. As demand for materials with enhanced properties grows, accelerated testing techniques are evolving to provide invaluable insight into the behaviour of plastics under extreme conditions. Furthermore, as sustainability gains prominence, accelerated testing is being used to evaluate the long-term effects of environmental factors, which ultimately helps in designing more sustainable materials that retain their performance for longer.

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