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MPM080 - Polymeric materials advanced course
Owner: MAMAS
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0198 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   21 Dec 2006 pm V,  13 Apr 2007 am V,  29 Aug 2007 pm V

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TMASA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - Engineering metals, Year 4 (elective)


Professor  Rodney Rychwalski


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

M4 students: Polymera material(MPM079)

PhD and IMP students: available to PhD students in Materials Science & Engineering, and students admitted to IMP ADVANCED MATERIALS programme.
Other students: individually.


The course aims at giving an in-depth knowledge of polymers structure, properties and processing. An important objective is to give a polymer physics understanding of these materials. Principles of polymer engineering are used towards several applications.


To enable students achieve an in-depth knowledge of polymers structure, properties and processing.


Polymeric materials are extensively used in an increasing number of mainstream and advanced applications. In-depth knowledge, based on polymer physics and materials science, of polymer s structure and properties, their interrelations and processing is given in the course.

The course proceeds from fundamentals dealing with molecular structure, this anchored in polymer physics, towards more complex systems like polymer blends and composites. Following polymer structure, a relatively detailed description of mechanical properties of polymers and rubbers is given. In the case of polymers, attention is given to time-dependence (viscoelasticity and physical aging); this being important for many structural applications. As important parts in the course, principles of polymer melt flow and processing is discussed. Thermal properties are then explained with particular attention given to characterisation. Finally previously mentioned polymer blends and composites are treated.

The present advanced course is a suitable introduction to in-depth studies, e g. within PhD programmes, and also can be helpful towards materials engineering (applications) and material development.

The course is divided into 9 parts:

* Introduction to polymer science
* Structure, states and transitions
* Rubber elasticity
* Linear viscoelasticity and mechanical behaviour
* Non-equilibrium behaviour and physical aging
* Rheology and forming
* Thermal analysis
* Composites
* Polymer blends


The course includes about 40 lecture hours, 11 tutorials and 2 labs (DMTA and rheology: the last one only if not taken earlier). A TOPIC TO STUDY is handed out to small teams. After carrying out a study, short reports are presented during a seminar session, and points awarded.


* N. G. McCrum, C. P Buckley and C. B. Bucknall, Principles of
Polymer Engineering, 2nd edition, 1997, Oxford Science
Publications (Oxford University Press)

* Course binder compiled in the Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, Chalmers)


Written examination in Swedish or in English (points from topic to study are added)

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