[ 220KUST20 ] Subject Polymer Technology

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48,5 ECTS Accumulative subject examination B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year (*)Kunststofftechnik Gerald Berger-Weber Johannes Kepler University Linz
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Original study plan Bachelor's programme Polymer Engineering and Technologies 2022W
Objectives The subject "Polymer Technology" covers the scientific and technical training of plastic engineers and qualifies for further master programs with the topics polymer technologies and science, management in polymer technology or polymer chemistry.

In particular, the subject "Polymer Technology" covers the practical and theoretical topics/knowledge of materials science and testing of polymeric materials, general and specific characterization of polymers, polymer processing, polymer machinery and tool manufacturing, applied heat transfer and Rheology, dimensioning and design of plastics and composite material components and component tests.

Subject Applied Heat Transfer
Basic concepts and methods in heat transfer, thermal radiation, steady-state heat conduction, heat transmission, cooling fins, transient heat conduction, convective heat transfer, heat exchanger, heating and cooling processes in polymer engineering.

Applications of Polymeric Materials
Existing markets and future market trends for polymer applications; case studies of commercial polymer applications highlighting specific aspects of market strategies along with application related success factors; this includes how special service and economic requirements are met by tailored materials property profiles, by proper design and by selecting adequate and optimized polymer conversion and processing techniques.

Characterization and Testing of Polymeric Materials 1
Importance and positioning of the subject; general aspects related to standards and standardization; mechanical testing of plastics (monotonic tensile, compressive & flexural tests; impact, long-term static and fatigue testing); mechanical testing of advanced composites (monotonic tensile, compressive, flexural & short beam shear tests; interlaminar crack growth & damage tolerance testing); thermo-mechanical properties and elevated temperature exposure (mechanical spectrometry & thermal expansion, shape stability under heat & softening temperatures, shrinkage & shrinkage stresses, determination of temperature limits); flame (fire) resistance.

Introduction into Polymer Engineering
Development history of polymeric materials; engineering, technological and economic importance of polymeric materials and polymer technologies; key segments of the polymer industry and markets: basics on the synthesis/production of polymers and on polymer properties; polymeric materials as multi-functional structural and functional materials; basics on the main polymer processing and conversion techniques and technologies; fundamental aspects of polymer design and polymer product engineering.

Design and Dimensioning of Plastic Components
Design and dimensioning of polymeric components of neat, discontinuous and continuous fiber reinforced polymers as well as sandwich structures. Basic considerations of material and processing relevant design methods. Definition of dimension stability, tolerances, clearance and surface roughness as well as the relevant measurement methods for practical industrial applications. Thermo-mechanical properties of isotropic and anisotropic plastics, basics of material models for finite element simulations. Stiffness and strength calculations under various loading conditions (static monotonic, impact and cyclic). Analysis and application of typical machine elements from polymeric materials.

Polymeric Materials 1
Polymeric Materials - past, present and future; classification of polymeric materials and main characteristics compared to other material classes; main classes and categories of polymeric materials (amorphous, semi-crystalline & liquid crystalline polymers; thermoplastics, thermosets & elastomers; polymer blends & copolymers; polymer composites & hybrid materials); inner material structure of polymeric materials (physical and morphological features); inner mobility of polymeric materials; basic concepts of polymer physics; properties of polymeric materials (focus on mechanical properties) and basic structure-property-relationships.

Technologies of Polymer Processing
Basic concepts of polymer processing: processing properties of polymers, influence of processing on the structure and product properties, conservation equations, bulk solid properties, heating and cooling processes, flow in simple geometries, mixing, viscoelastic effects in polymer processing, introduction to processing technologies: extrusion, calendaring, compression moulding, injection moulding, tool construction, rapid prototyping, blow moulding, thermoforming, foaming, coating, rotational moulding, processing of reactive materials, chip removing processes, recycling. Design of injection moulding machines, design and construction of moulds, process simulation and optimization, shape and dimensional stability of parts, quality inspection, processing defects, special technologies in injection moulding, peripherals, applied measuring and control technology, process automation.

Fundamentals of Lightweight Design
Lightweight design concepts for industrial applications, lightweight design of structural parts and assemblies of structural parts with particular consideration of material properties, manufacturing processes and joining technologies.
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