Course: Applied Rheology I

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Course title Applied Rheology I
Course code TCPM/TE7AR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Tutorial
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 7
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Zatloukal Martin, prof. Ing. Ph.D., DSc.
Course content
1. Rheology, tensor shear flow analysis. 2. Rheological characteristics for shear flow. 3. Tensor extensional flow analysis, rheological characteristics for extensional flow. 4. Flow analysis in simple flow domains, practical examples. 5. Flow analysis in complex flow domains, finite difference and finite element methods. 6. Extrusion principles, process modeling and optimization. 7. Effect of screw design on polymer extrusion. 8. Undesired phenomena during extrusion process, troubleshooting and practical examples. 9. Flat and profile dies, design optimization, flow modeling. 10. Annular extrusion dies, spiral mandrel and flat spiral dies, design optimization, flow modeling. 11. Coextrusion principles, undesired flow phenomena and troubleshooting, process modeling and optimization. 12. Thermoforming/blow molding, undesired flow phenomena and troubleshooting, process modeling and optimization. 13. Injection moulding, fountain and jetting flow analysis, process modeling and optimization. 14. Multicomponent/gas/water injection moulding, process modeling and optimization.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecturing, Dialogic (Discussion, conversation, brainstorming), Demonstration, Projection (static, dynamic), Exercises on PC, Practice exercises
  • Home preparation for classes - 22 hours per semester
  • Preparation for course credit - 22 hours per semester
  • Participation in classes - 56 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course broadens and deepens students' knowledge of polymer materials flow behaviour and introduces computer technology for solving complicated flow problems occurring during polymer processing.
The student knows rheological behaviour of polymer melts and is able to interpret rheological data with respect to molecular structure of polymers. He/she is able to design optimized machinery for polymer processing and to detect flow instabilities using computer technology. He/she is able to interpret simulation results.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Analysis of works made by the student (Technical products)

Course credit: compulsory attendance at laboratory exercises, submission and successful defence of the laboratory reports. Examination: knowledge of the discussed curriculum content. The result of a subject examination is expressed on a six-point scale: A "výborně" (i.e. "excellent"), B "velmi dobře" (i.e. "very good"), C "dobře" (i.e. "good"), D "uspokojivě" (i.e. "satisfactory"), E "dostatečně" (i.e. "sufficient"), F "nedostatečně" (i.e. "fail").
Recommended literature
  • Agassant, J.F. Polymer processing: principles and modeling. Munich, 1991. ISBN 3-446-14584-2.
  • Baird, D.G., Collias, D.I. Polymer processing: principles and design. New York, 1998. ISBN 0471254533.
  • Cogswell, F. Polymer melt rheology: a guide for industrial practice. London, 1981. ISBN 0470271027.
  • Dealy, J.M., Wissbrun, K.F. Melt rheology and its role in plastics processing: theory and applications. Dordrecht, 1999. ISBN 0-4127-3910-0.
  • Kanai, T., Campbell, G.A. Film Processing. Munich, 1999. ISBN 3446178821.
  • Maňas, M., Tomis, F., Helštýn, J. Výrobní stroje a zařízení: gumárenské a plastikářské stroje. Brno, 1987.
  • Nóbrega, J., Carneiro, O.S. Design of extrusion forming tools. Shawbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84735-518-8.
  • Rosato, D.V. Extruding Plastics - Practical Processing Handbook. London, 1998. ISBN 1591240549.
  • Vlachopoulos, J., Vlček, J. Polymer rheology and processing. McMaster University, 1994.
  • Vlachopoulos, J., Wagner, J.R. The SPE Guide on Extrusion Technology and Troubleshooting;The of Plastics Engineers. Brooklfield : Society of Plastics Engineers, 2001. ISBN 0-9722159-2-1.
  • Vlček, Jiří. Aplikovaná reologie. Vyd. 1. Zlín : Univerzita Tomáše Bati ve Zlíni, 2001. ISBN 8073180391.
  • Wein, O. Úvod do reologie. Brno, 1996. ISBN 80-238-0928-8.
  • Wilkinson, A.N., Ryan, A.J. Polymer processing and structure development. Dordrecht, 1998. ISBN 0-7514-0363-6.

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