Module Title:   Polymer Engineering

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG4057D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Materials and Medical (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Prof H Benkreira

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr M.Martyn, Dr A Kelly, Dr E Brown

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide for the development and implementation of specialist knowledge/methods in the relationships between materials structure, properties and processing.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Interactive lectures, from invited specialists and staff engaged in research, present students with the core theory. Directed study and formative self-assessment is used to extend and consolidate this learning. Laboratory sessions are used to give practical experience and expose students to process facilities. Supplementary assessment is to repair deficiency in original submission.

Lectures:   30.00          Directed Study:   148.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   15.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   5.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1 Critically evaluate the processing steps leading to the development of advanced materials processing.
1.2 Understand the physical processes underpinning macroscopic material behaviour.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2 Select appropriate process routes for complex applications.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3.1 Interpret data.
3.2 Solve problems systematically using the scientific method

  Examination - closed book 1.50 50%
  Coursework   50%
  polymer Engineering Report minimum 2000 words

Outline Syllabus:
Introduction to course, topic covered: polymers, types, polymerisation- addition (cationic, anionic Zeigler Natta)
Polymer structure and morphology: mole wts, conformation, stereoregularity, copolymers, blending
Polymer processing I: rheology, extrusion processing
Polymer processing II: injection moulding (heat transfer, flow balance) free form film processing, blow moulding
Lab Rex of PP: intro to REX processing - chemistry, scission and crosslinking
Lab characterisation of REX`d PP (dynamic rheometry & DSC)
Phase transformation: crystallisation - nucleation and growth kinetics, molecular dynamics
Characterisation - thermal, DSC, DMA, spectroscopy
Leading edge technologies: Pharma Eng, composites and nano composites, solid state processing, micromoulding

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