78722 - Polymer Science, Technology and Recycling 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

The course provides notions on the correlations between chemical, mechanical and thermal behaviour of macromolecules and their structure and microstructure. The complete life-cycle of polymeric material is analysed and discussed.

Course contents

Concept of macromolecule. Synthetic and natural polymers.

Polymers from renewable resources

Polymerization

Step-growth and Chain growth mechanisms Kinetics. Examples

Structure of polymeric chains. Conformations and configurations

Morphology.

General relationships between structure and macroscopic properties

Molecular weight. Definitions and experimental determination

Size exclusion chromatography

Crystallization, melting and glass transition

Mechanical properties

Temperature dependence Ultimate properties. Elastic modulus. Yielding process

Viscoelastic behaviour Creep and stress relaxation processes

DMA analysis

Degradation Causes and effects

Recycling

Processing Extrusion and injection moulding

Readings/Bibliography

“FUNDAMENTALS OF POLYMER SCIENCE”

P.C. PAINTER, M.M. COLEMAN

Editor TECHNOMIC

“POLYMERS: CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS OF MODERN MATERIALS”

COWIE

Editor BLACKIE

“PRINCIPLES OF POLYMER ENGINEERING”

Mc CRUM

Editor: OXFORD SCIENCE PUBLICATIONS

Teaching methods

Lectures according to timetable

Laboratory lessons on mechanical tests and thermal analysis

Assessment methods

Final written exam

The exam (1.5 hours) is made of two open questions concerning the topics of the course and multiple choice or true/false questions

Teaching tools

PC and projector / blackboard

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Saccani