[ 220WNTKKFKV23 ] VL Circularity of plastic products

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year (*)Kunststofftechnik Jörg Fischer 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Sustainable Polymer Engineering & Circular Economy 2023W
Objectives Students are able to:

  1. define circularity criteria for plastic products.
  2. classify the circularity of plastic products by main fields of application (i.e., packaging, building & construction, automotive, electrical & electronics, sports, agriculture, etc.).
  3. explain current trends (recyclability and circularity, monolayer versus multilayer, material combinations) and innovations in the various product segments with specific focus on packaging.
  4. differentiate between different requirements on food packaging and describe appropriate solutions with a focus on the legal framework for food contact materials.
  5. identify different pathways of waste collection and processing according to the main fields of application.
Subject Fundamentals of circular economy, 10 Rs of circularity, assessment of circularity of plastic products by classification into main fields of application, fundamentals of packaging technology, terminology, tasks of packaging, protective function, requirements for food packaging, interaction of product/packaging, mass transfer between packaging and product: migration, permeation, law food contact material: (VO 1935/2004, 2023/2006, 10/2011 etc.), quality assurance, packaging materials (plastics, biomaterials, paper/cardboard, metals), innovations (modified atmosphere packaging, AIP), environmental aspects, convenience packaging, fundamentals of plastics in building & construction, automotive, electrical & electronics, sports, agriculture, pathways of waste collection.
Criteria for evaluation Oral/written exam at the middle/end of the lecture series.
  • Collaborative Workshops
  • Cooperative Lecture/Discussions
  • Group work with peer review at the end of the lecture
  • store check, group work, lecture, illustrative examples
Language English and French
Study material
  • M. Kaßmann: “Grundlagen der Verpackung”, Beuth Verlag GmbH 2011
  • Gerd Stehle: “Verpacken von Lebensmitteln”, 1. Aufl., Behr, Hamburg/Dtl., 1997
  • G. Bleisch, J.-P. Majschak, U. Weiß: „Verpackungstechnische Prozesse“, Behr’s Verlag 2011
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V. (Hrsg.): „Verpackungstechnik – Mittel und Methoden zur Lösung der Verpackungsaufgabe“, 15. Ergänzung 2006, Hüthig Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg/Dtl., 1996/2002
  • DI Marcus Thiele (Red.): „RGV-Handbuch Verpackung“, Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin, 1999/2003
  • J. Bergmair, M. Washüttl, B. Wepner: „Prüfpraxis für Kunststoffverpackungen“, Behr’s Verlag, 2010
  • O. G. Piringer: „Verpackungen für Lebensmittel - Eignung, Wechselwirkungen, Sicherheit“, VCH Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Weinheim/Dtl., 1993
  • Rudolf Heiss: “Verpackung von Lebensmitteln – Anwendung der wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen in der Praxis”, Springer-Verlag, Berlin / Heidelberg / New York, 1980
  • Bleisch, Goldhahn schricker, Vogt: „Lexikon Verpackungstechnik“, Behr’s Verlag, 2003
  • E. Krämer: „Fachwörterbuch Verpackung“, Hüthig Verlag Heidelberg, 2005
  • W. Soroka: “Fundamentals of Packaging Technology”, Institute of Packaging Professionals, USA, 2009
  • A. + H. Emblem: „Packaging Technology“, Woodhead Publishing in Materials, 2012
  • A. Jenkins, J. P. Harrington: “Lebensmittelverpackungen aus Kunststoff”, B. Behr’s Verlag GmbH & Co, Hamburg/Dtl., 1992
  • B. Stoifl, A. Bernhardt, B. Karigl, C. Lampert, M. Neubauer, P. Thaler, Kunststoffabfälle in Österreich Aufkommen & Behandlung: Materialien zum Bundes-Abfallwirtschaftsplan 2017. Wien, Österreich; 2017.
  • C. Neubauer, B. Stoifl, M. Tesar, P. Thaler, Sortierung und Recycling von Kunststoffabfällen in Österreich: Status 2019. Wien, Österreich; 2021.
Changing subject? No
Is completed if (*)480AMPTPACV10: VL Packaging (2.5 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants -
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority