Course: Characterization of Polymers

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Course title Characterization of Polymers
Course code TUIP/TE6CH
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
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
  • Sedláček Tomáš, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Kalendová Alena, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Bažant Pavel, Ing. PhD.
Course content
- Normalisation and metrology - Separation methods (gas and liquid chromatography) - Spectral analysis (FTIR, RAMAN, UV/VIS, XRD, MS) - Thermal analysis (DSC, TGA, TMA, DMA) - Optical and microscopical analysis (microscopy, SEM, TEM, AFM) - Mechanical analysis (static, dynamic, long-term, impact). - Rheological analysis (rotational and capillary rheometry, solution viscosity) - Stability and burning tests.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (Exposition, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (Discussion, conversation, brainstorming), Demonstration, Simple experiments, Students working in pairs, Dealing with situational issues - learning in situations
Learning outcomes
The subject is aimed at presenting of basic polymer characterisation, analytical methods used for used material testing and analysing methods of final products of rubber and plastic industry.
Students understand to plastic and rubber products testing, characterisation principles of polymeric materials, influences of aging and processing.
Knowledge of Macromolecular chemistry I, II, Technology and aplication of non-metalic materials, Polymer physics

Assessment methods and criteria
Analysis of the student's performance, Analysis of seminar paper, Analysis of a presentation given by the student, Composite examination (Written part + oral part)

Mastering of the curriculum content already dealt with, as based on lectures, seminars and literature.
Recommended literature
  • Braun, D. Simple methods for identification of plastics. Munich, 2013. ISBN 978-1-56990-526-5.
  • Dealy, J. M., Larson, R. G. Structure and rheology of molten polymers: From structure to flow behavior and back again. Hanser, 2006. ISBN 978-3-446-41281-1.
  • Ehrenstein, G. W. Polymeric materials: structure, properties, applications. 2001. ISBN 978-3-446-43413-4.
  • Ehrenstein, G. W., Riedel, G., Trawiel P. Thermal analysis of plastics: Theory and practice. Hanser, 2004. ISBN 978-1569903629.
  • Krevelen, D. W. van. Properties of polymers : their correlation with chemical structure: their numerical estimation and prediction from additive group contributions. 2009. ISBN 9780080915104.
  • Lampman, S. Characterization and failure analysis of plastics. ASM international, 2003. ISBN 978-0-87170-789-5.
  • Osswald T. A., Menges G. Materials science of polymers for engineers. Munich, 2012. ISBN 978-1-56990-514-2.

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