Dear SPE-STX Members,
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and you are off to great start in the new year. Many people have made resolutions to improve their diets, hit the gym, or spend more quality time with their loved ones. While I wish everyone the best of luck following through with these new challenges, I would ask all our members to consider adding one more resolution to their list. Let's make 2017 the year in which each of members commits to getting at least one new person involved with our section. I'm sure that this resolution would be one of the easiest one to complete and it would make a huge difference for our section. The more people we have involved with the section really enhances the benefits of being a part of the organization.
We have a number of great opportunities coming up to invite someone new to one of our section events. The St Arnold's Brewery event on Jan 26th is always a great opportunity to network with a number of professionals in a relaxed setting. The Polyolefin Conference in February is a great venue to be potentially exposed to new ideas and products. The Top Golf event is slated for March and the annual golf outing is in April, so get the word out to your friends and colleagues! To register or get more information on these events, please visit our section website at www.spe-stx.org.
Next Breakfast Bunch Meeting
When: February 7, 2017
Where: I-Hop, 6508 Washington Ave., 77077, 7:00 AM (map)
Breakfast Bunch Meetings - The first Tuesday of each month all year.
Join the South Texas Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers on LinkedIn. Click on the above link and you will be directed to group page. LinkedIn serves as another communication tool for SPE-STX.
LinkedIn is a free web site for professional networking with over 300 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
LinkedIn enables discussions and networking between SPE-STX members and those related to the plastics industry. LinkedIn compliments the current SPE-STX web and membership to LinkedIn is free.
LinkedIn SPE-STX group currently has over 375 members as of 2014. To date, the tool has been used primarily to promote and discuss SPE-STX meetings.
Members are also notified of meetings from board members plus email blasts sent by SPE International.
As always, both the monthly newsletter and SPE-STX web site are the leading sources of information on SPE-STX activities.
SPE South Texas Mixer at St. Arnold's Brewery
Where: 2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston, 77020
When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM - (map)
Cost: $30 included food and beverage.
The Houston Public Library on McKinney has resources on plastics and polymers. Check out their catalog at http://catalog.houstonlibrary.org. If you are not near the McKinney location, you can arrange to pick up your books at your local branch.
The Fondren Library at Rice University has the most complete collection of books on plastics and polymers. This is also a prime resource for patent and trademark information, as well as other US Government documents. You cannot check out books there unless you join Fondren Library [$50], but you can arrange for books to be sent to your library by inter-library loan. Use their catalog at http://library.rice.edu/.
The next best place to browse is at the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston central campus. South Texas Section has donated many plastics books to this library. If you plan ahead, you can get a TexShare library card from a library where you are a member, which will allow you to check out books from any U of H library. Their catalog is at http://www.library.uh.edu/.
Don’t miss the largest polymer conference dedicated completely to polyolefins.
For more than 40 years, the SPE International Polyolefins Conference has provided a premier, value-packed event - a place for you to advance your knowledge, network with colleagues, and hear and learn about new technologies, ideas and industry trends.
Featuring over 650 attendees, 60+ exhibitor booths, 80+ technical papers, 5 Plenary speakers, a Sunday afternoon tutorial, 2 networking socials, and an annual student poster competition. More than 60% of the profits from this conference go to support education. Currently eight Texas universities with polymer programs benefit.
The Tutorial on Sunday afternoon (Feb 26) "Catalyst, Polymerization Processes, and Applications of Polyolefins" will feature the following speakers:
Technical papers will cover:
- Bill Higgs, one of the founders of world renowned Mustang Engineering will be a featured speaker. Bill will speak about creating and growing Mustang Engineering into a billion dollar company over 25 years by cultivating a unique and innovative company culture, focused on employees, customers, and projects. A preview of his talk is available at www.MITEFtexas.org.
- Current Trends in Markets, Technology, and Investments
- Business Innovations
- Innovation in Polyolefin Catalysts
- New Process Developments
- Advances in Polyolefin Stabilization and Modifiers
- New Computer Modeling Techniques: Process, Converting, & Products
- Sustainability and Regulatory Opportunities
- Opportunities in Flexible Packaging
- Polyolefins in Automotive and Appliances
- Polyolefins Enabling foams and Light-weighting
- Polyolefins in Rigid Packaging
- Polyolefin Pipe Materials and Applications
Environmental Stress Cracking of Medical Thermoplastics: Assessing Lifetime of High Performance Amorphous Resins in Presence of Hospital Cleaners
Robert J. Klein, Martin J. Gibler, Rachel M. Jacobs, Emily L. Sell, and Steve D. Lince, Stress Engineering Services, Mason, OH
There is a critical need to quantify and predict the likelihood of Environmental Stress Cracking (ESC) in medical devices, due to the expanding use of medical cleaners in hospitals to prevent infection as well as increased FDA documentation requirements. This paper performs constant flexural strain ESC experiments on two high performance resins, Noryl 20%gf and Ultem 20%gf, using three common hospital cleaners (bleach, quaternary amine with isopropanol, and hydrogen peroxide). ESC testing was performed using a 7-day soak followed by tensile testing to assess residual stress-strain performance.
From strain-at-break results for this 7-day soak method, ratings were obtained for each resin-cleaner combination. These results can be fed into mechanical models of components to quantify likely failure locations and safety factors.
Using time-to-crack datasets, an initial estimate of the n exponent for the ESC dependence on stress was obtained. Also, it was found that the use of Hansen Solubility Parameters could, with reasonably accuracy, predict trends in ESC damage.
|01/26/17||St. Arnold's Brewery||Annual Night at St. Arnold's Brewery||Social||St. Arnold's Brewery||6:00 p.m.|
|International Polyolefins Conference||Various Subjects||Polyolefins||Hilton Houston North, Houston, Texas||All Day|
|03/14/17||Top Golf||Social||560 Spring Park Center Blvd
Spring, TX 77373
|04/17/17||Golf Outing||Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament||TBD|
|05/09/17||Awards Banquet||Student Presentations and Awards|
|09/09/17||Kickoff Event||Houston Cougars Tailgating Party and Game||Social||TDECU Stadium|
President – Kevin Alexander
Vice-President – Dell Doyle
President/Chair-elect – Steve King
Treasurer –Peter Lauzon
Secretary – Ryan Reese
Councilor – Ed Bourbonais
Awards –Edgard Chow
Education – David Hansen
Housing – Iman Bahrani
Membership – Steve King
Newsletter –Dell Doyle
Public Interest – Dave Hansen
Technical Program – Steve King
Polyolefins Conference – Chuck Crosby
Golf Outing – April Hix
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