66175 - Industrial Polymeric Products and Laboratory M

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SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Aim of the course is to provide the student of knowledges concerning the main production processes of synthetic polymeric materials (thermoplastics, elastomers, resins, fibers), their applications and commercial relevance. The student will also be capable to predict the behaviour of polymeric products based on their chemical, physicochemical and structural features. The course involves lab activities concerning the characterization of commercial products.

Course contents

Basic knowledge of polymer chemistry, macromolecular synthesis, organic chemistry, general chemistry and physical chemistry

 

Polymers of industrial relevance: synthesis, production, transformation processes, applications of thermoplastics, thermosetting resins, elastomers. Additives and Stabilisers for polymeric materials. Synthesis and production of polyadducts and polycondensates for the textile industry. Composite Materials. Engineering polymers and advanced polymeric materials. The final part of the course analyses the closed loop market and the cascade markets for thermoplastics materials and thermosetting and rubbers.

Readings/Bibliography

H. Ulrich - Introduction to Industrial Polymers, Hanser Publ., 1993, Munich

The Chemical Industry, A. Heaton editor, Blackie Acad., London

AIM - Fondamenti di Scienza dei Polimeri, Pacini Editore, 1998, Pisa

Handbook of plastics Recycling, Ed. F. La Mantia, Rapra Technology Publisher, Shawbury, 2002

R. Lambourne "Paint and surface coatings: Theory and practice" Ed. John Wiley and Sons.

Teaching methods

The teaching activities are performed through lessons, training by written questions, visits to research and industrial laboratories. Laboratory activities on relevant topics are carried out in parallel.

Assessment methods

The learning assessment is performed through a final oral examination by which the achievement of a sufficient threshold of knowledges and abilities by the candidate is ascertained and evaluated.

In particular:

- the main production processes of synthetic polymeric materials (thermoplastics, elastomers, resins, fibers), their applications and commercial relevance;

- the behaviour of polymeric products based on their chemical, physicochemical and structural features;

-  characterization and identification of commercial products.

Teaching tools

The contents of the course are presented by  pc videoprojections. Printed copies of the presented topics are made available to the students.

Office hours

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See the website of Massimiliano Lanzi