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Syllabus for

Academic year
KPO020 - Polymer technology  
 
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-14 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   01 Jun 2015 am H   14 Apr 2015 pm V,  17 Aug 2015 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:

Docent  Christian Müller
Professor  Paul Gatenholm



Eligibility:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

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 design of a plastic item or 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
    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 fibre and rubber technology

  • define and
    describe the concept of polymer composites and its properties, including
    the area of nanocomposites, as well as relevant manufacturing processes.

  • explain the
    basic properties of polymer semiconductors, thin-film processing
    techniques and the main organic electronic application areas.

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

  • Reason about
    the concept of biopolymers and biodegradable polymers 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, nanocomposites,
polymer semiconductors as well as biopolymers and biodegradable polymers.



The course also
discusses the recycling of plastics and gives an overview of a new generation
of polymers originating from renewable resources, thereby giving a better
understanding of how plastic materials can 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 compulsory 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, graded according to
TH. Some of the learning outcomes are also examined through a design task where
the written report must be approved and active participation in the seminar is
required.
Participation
in the study visit is also required.


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