[ 479POMTCTPP12 ] PR Characterization and Testing of Polymeric Materials 2

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
4 ECTS M2 - Master's programme 2. year (*)Kunststofftechnik Gernot Wallner 4 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Master's programme Polymer Technologies and Science (PTS) 2015W
Objectives The main objectives of this lab course are

  • to establish know-how in advanced testing and characterization of polymeric materials (incl. structure/property relationships)
  • to gather practical experience on advanced testing machines and competencies in data reduction and evaluation, and
  • to strengthen the competencies in scientific-technical reporting and presentation.
Subject In accordance with the associated lectures Polymeric Materials 3 (Polymer Mechanics and Fracture Mechanics) and Polymeric Materials 4 (Functional Polymeric Materials) the main topics of the lab course are:

  • Quasistatic plane-strain fracture toughness and strain energy release rate testing of plastic materials
  • Fatigue testing of polymeric materials under cyclic loading
  • Essential work of fracture testing of polymeric films and sheets
  • Advanced tensile testing – Strain determination of plastic materials using digital image correlation
  • Advanced microscopic characterization of multi-phase and multi-layer films and laminates
  • Spectrophotometric characterization of polymeric films and sheets in the solar and heat radiation range
Criteria for evaluation Oral and written examination
Language English
Study material Anderson, T.L. (2005). Fracture Mechanics – Fundamentals and Applications, Taylor & Francis.
ASTM D 5045-99
Barany, T., Czigany, T., Karger-Kocsis (2010). Progress in Polymer Science, 35, 1257-1287.
Frank, A., Freimann, W., Pinter, G., Lang, R.W. (2009). Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 76, 2780-2787.
Jerabek, M., Major, Z., Lang, R.W. (2010). Polymer Testing, 29, 407-415.
Lang, R.W., Pinter, G., Balika, W. (2005). 3R international, 44, 33-41.
Maier,. G.A., Wallner, G., Lang, R.W., Fratzl, P. (2005). Macromolecules. 38, 6099-6105.
Naqui, S.I., Robinson, I.M. (1993). Journal of Materials Science, 28, 1421-1429. Poliskie, M. (2011). Solar Module Packaging, CRC Press.
Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 12
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority