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Chemical Engineering

CHEE490: Polymer Formulations and...

CHEE490 : Polymer Formulations and Processing Technology

Personnel

Instructor

Marianna KontopoulouDupuis Hall 207 marianna.kontopoulou@queensu.ca

TAs

Salim GopiDupuis G3615spg2@queensu.ca

Course Description

The design and manufacture of polymer products is reviewed, with particular emphasis on material selection and processing technology.  The engineering properties of elastomers, thermoplastics, adhesives, fibres and coatings are discussed in terms of processing characteristics and end-use performance.  Industrial processing operations such as extrusion, molding, mixing and film manufacture are presented in detail.  The design component of the course requires students to select appropriate materials and processing methods for an engineering application.  Examples include medical catheters, engine gaskets and biodegradable packaging. (0/0/0/30/12)

PREREQUISITES:  CHEE 223 or MECH 241, or permission of the department


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Objectives and Outcomes

The objective of this course is to review the design and manufacture of polymer products, with particular emphasis on material selection and processing technology. The engineering properties of elastomers, thermoplastics, blends, composites and specialty polymers are discussed in terms of processing characteristics and end-use performance. Industrial processing operations such as extrusion, molding and mixing are presented in detail. The design component of the course requires students to select appropriate materials and processing methods for an engineering application.

Specific course learning outcomes include:

  1. Classification of polymers, identification of their physical properties and establishing structure-property relations.
  2. Formulation of polymeric compounds to meet specific product properties.
  3. Knowledge of polymer processing operations and choice of operation depending on the material and final product requirements.
  4. Interpretation and analysis of rheological data using models for non-Newtonian fluids
  5. Identification of methods for rheological measurements and analysis of the results.
  6. Solution of simple flow problems and calculations in extrusion and injection molding.

This course assesses the following attributes:

Knowledge base (CLO 1 – 6):

  • CHEE-KB-FM-4. Analyzes transport of fluids (viscous fluid flow) in closed conduits and in external flows.
  • CHEE-KB-FM-5. Utilizes appropriate constitutive models to describe fluid behaviour.
  • CHEE-KB-CHEM-6. Applies fundamental principles of colloid,  and surface and materials science in the analysis and assessment of colloidal and surface interactions, and in the study of material properties and associated physical phenomena
  • CHEE-KB-PROC -4. Applies engineering science knowledge to size various unit operations, including but not limited to pumps, heat exchangers, separation processes, and reactors.      

Design (CLO 2, 3):

  • CHEE-DE-3.  Develops equipment, process or product design incorporating performance requirements and constraints such as quality, yield, reliability, economics, safety, and standards and codes as appropriate.

Relevance to the Program

This engineering science course is a part of the suite of Tech A electives dealing with Materials Processing and is open to 3rd and 4th year students. The course assumes knowledge of 2nd year fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and basic principles of organic chemistry.

Course Structure and Activities

3 lecture hours + 1 tutorial hour per week.  Refer to Solus for times and locations.

Resources

Textbook:  J.R. Fried, “Polymer Science and Technology”, 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall, 2003

Additional resources:

S.L. Rosen, “Fundamental principles of polymeric materials”, Wiley

T.A. Osswald, “Polymer processing fundamentals”, Hanser

These textbooks are available in the library.

All course lecture slides, assignments and tutorials will be posted on the CHEE 490 LMS.