Module Title:   Polymer Science and Technology

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG4120M

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 A. Kelly, Dr M.Martyn, Dr T.Gough, Dr L.Mulvaney-Johnson, Dr FCaton-Rose

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide for the development and implementation of specialist knowledge/methods in Polymer Science and Technology (Nature, Morphology and Stucture of Polymers, Polymerisation Reactions, Polymerisation Processes, Polymer Materials, Polymer Degradation, Recycling of Plastics)

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.

Lectures:   16.00          Directed Study:   74.50           
Seminars/Tutorials:   4.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   4.00          Formal Exams:   1.50          Total:   100.00

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

Develop a critical understanding on the nature of polymers, how they are formed and manufactured industrially, their properties and how they may be combined with additives to produce the wide range of polymer blends, composites and nanocomposites.

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

Develop ability to design, implement and operate polymer manufacturing processes, as well as for designing polymer-based products.

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

Scientific method; process evaluation and data interpretation; systematic problem solving

  Examination - closed book 2.00 80%
  Examination $ closed book
  Coursework   20%
  Case study in the process design of a polymer widely used
  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%
  Supplementary assessment: Examination $ closed book

Outline Syllabus:
` The Nature of Polymers & Plastics
` Polymerisation Reactions: chain and step growth polymerisation
` Polymerisation Processes: Bulk, Solution, Suspension & Emulsion polymerisation, examples: PE, PP, nylon, PVC manufacture
` Morphology & Structuring of Polymers: Amorphous polymers, Single crystal morphology, Polymer crystallized morphology, Effect of crystallization temperature & pressure, Strain & Flow induced crystallization, Effect of cold drawing
` Polymer Blends, Composites, Liquid Crystals & Nanocomposite
` Plastic Degradation & Recycling: factor causing degradation, additives against degradation, recycling methods

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