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MM4POE Polymer Engineering
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  14/15

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Open to UG & PG students in Faculty of Engineering with relevant background. Particularly suitable for students from Dept of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing Eng.

  • Erasmus/Socrates/Visiting students MUST take relevant examinations for this module in Nottingham at the appropriate time with all other students in the cohort.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

    Taught Semesters:

    SemesterAssessment
    Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

    Prerequisites: General engineering background to second-year level including engineering materials and mathematics.

    Corequisites:  None.

    Summary of Content:  A broad-based module covering the chemistry, material properties and manufacturing methods relevant to polymers. Topics include:

    1. Polymer chemistry and structure
    2. Routes to synthesis, polymerisation techniques, practical aspects of industrial production
    3. Viscoelasticity, time-temperature equivalence
    4. Rheology of polymer melts, heat transfer in melts, entanglements
    5. Properties of solid polymers, yield and fracture, crazing
    6. Manufacturing with polymers, extrusion, injection-moulding
    7. Design/ processing interactions for plastic products
      1. Method and Frequency of Class:

        ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
        Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours
        Seminar 11 weeks1 per week1 hour

        Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

        Further Activity Details:
        Self-study design/processing exercise and associated coursework.

        Method of Assessment: 

        Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
        Exam 1 75 2 Hour Exam 
        Coursework 1 25 report on multidisciplinary design exercise covering the chemistry, processing and properties of a polymeric product 

        Convenor: 
        Dr D De Focatiis

        Education Aims:  To ensure that students gain an understanding of the chemistry of polymers, the routes to polymerisation and their effect on the material; the rheology of polymer melts, the basics of the main polymer processing operations, and the interaction between rheology and processing; the mechanical properties of polymers and their influence on the design of polymeric products.

        Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

      2. LO1 - Apply core scientific and mathematical principles to the solution of polymer engineering problems.

      3. LO2 - Employ the fundamental principles of polymer engineering to analyse and describe key stages in the design of a polymeric product.

      4. LO3 - Identify and classify the performance of the major polymer groups, and the influence of chemistry and processing on structure and product performance.

      5. LO4 - Describe the operating principles of polymer processes, and determine the size and performance of processing equipment.

        Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering


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