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MTT090 - Polymer processing and properties  
Polymera materials bearbetning och egenskaper
Syllabus adopted 2021-08-31 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAEM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 09111
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   25 Oct 2021 am J,  05 Jan 2022 pm J,  18 Aug 2022 pm J

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Roland Kádár

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Materials science and engineering basic courses.


The aims of the course are to provide a) an understanding of the relations between polymer structure, physical properties, manufacturing techniques and product geometry and their effect on the material selection, b) a wide and sustained platform in polymeric materials facilitating the comprehension of new materials, improved manufacturing and engineering properties as well as new applications.

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

  • motivate the choice of polymeric material for a product to be used in a given application.
  • describe how the product should be processed in order to obtain suitable properties
  • describe the geometry how the product interacts with the properties of the material.
  • design products in polymeric materials accounting for the time dependence of the mechanical properties.


Polymeric materials remain extensively used in an increasing number of mainstream and advanced applications. Their outstanding versatility in terms of structure, processing and properties make polymeric materials, whether natural or synthetic, ubiquitous and essential for a great number of applications. Fundamental aspects of polymer structure, properties, processing and interrelation thereof is given in this course. The main focus is on thermoplastic polymers, however, rubbers, thermosets and composites are also discussed. A particular feature of the course is a focus on rheological properties, a key aspect for understanding the structure and processing behaviour of polymers. As manufacturing techniques extrusion and injection moulding are emphasised, alongside coating techniques and additive manufacturing. The treatment of the manufacturing processes is based on an in-depth description of the rheological properties of the polymer melts. Overall, the course is medium level polymeric materials course suitable introduction for further in-depth studies, for example within PhD programmes, and is also valuable towards materials engineering (applications) and material development.


The course is based on lectures, tutorials and two laboratory sessions.


Principles of Polymer Engineering, N. G. McCrum, C. P. Buckley and C. B. Bucknall, 2nd edition, 1997, Oxford Science Publications, Oxford University Press, ISBN 19 856526 7. Additional material to be announced at the start of the course.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written examination.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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