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Forensic Polymer Engineering by P Lewis, C Gagg

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5

Small polymeric containers

5.1 Introduction

When large tanks and reservoirs fail, the consequences are usually disastrous because they tend to fail when full, so that the contents flood the vicinity and cause serious damage. Although small containers do not present the same problem, they do present problems of their own when they fail. Battery cases are probably the most dangerous because they usually contain very strongly acidic or basic electrolytes, such as sulphuric acid or caustic soda. If they leak, then serious personal injury can occur to the user, or physical damage to nearby equipment. In addition, the equipment powered by the battery starts to fail, or, when the electrolyte leaks away, fails altogether. So the function of the equipment ...

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