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Syllabus for

Academic year
KPO020 - Polymer technology
 
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-19 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMCN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Chemical Engineering
Department: 21 - CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING


Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0184 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   27 May 2013 am H,  19 Aug 2013 pm V

In programs

MPAPP APPLIED PHYSICS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (elective)
MPMCN MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPMCN MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)

Examiner:

Professor  Mats Andersson


Course evaluation:

http://document.chalmers.se/doc/c06ebb17-b917-4b3f-9d86-d8e24b40351a


Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Surface and materials science (KTK105) or courses with equivalent polymer content.

Aim

The aim of this course is to provide the students with a comprehensive knowledge about polymeric materials. The focus is mainly on processing of polymers as well as on the behaviour of different polymeric materials.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)


  • follow a formal procedure for designing a plastic device.

  • correlate the mechanical and chemical properties of a polymer with the demands put on a device, and be familiar with relevant expressions in this field.

  • describe the properties and application areas of various polymers.

  • explain the concepts of rheology and how it affects the processing methods and process parameters 

  • choose a suitable polymer for a specific application, and present arguments for the choices based on the polymer- and device properties.

  • describe the most important methods of polymer processing.

  • explain the main principles of fiber and rubber technology

  • define and describe a polymer composite and its properties, including the area of nanocomposites, as well as the manufacturing processes.

  • calculate the “life time” of a material and critically discuss different aspects of recycling.

  • Reason about the concept of biopolymers and present arguments for how polymeric materials can fit into a sustainable society.

Content

This course is an advanced course in polymer technology, where the focus is rather on the properties and behavior of the polymeric material from a more industrial point of view than on the fundamental chemistry and physics of polymers. The course covers areas such as processing and processing methods of polymers, mechanical properties, differences between polymers and other material as well as differences within the vast group of polymeric materials. Besides the more commonly used plastics, the course also deals with fibers and nanocomposites.


The course also discusses the recycling of plastics as well as gives an overview of a new generation of polymers originating from renewable resources, thereby giving a better understanding of how plastic materials be used in a sustainable society.

Organisation

The course includes lectures, a design project which is to be presented both as a written report and during a seminar session, and a study visit to a representative polymer industry.

Literature

A Brent Strong “Plastics: Materials and processing” (Third edition)

Examination

The assessment of the learning outcomes is tested through a written exam, grades TH. Some of the learning outcomes are also examined through the design task where the written report must be approved and an active participation on the seminar is required. Participation on the study visit is also required.


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