Course: Plastics Packaging

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Course title Plastics Packaging
Course code TUIP/TE7PO
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
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
  • Gajzlerová Lenka, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Classification, use and function of plastic packaging. 2. Technology of plastic packaging production. 3. Technology of multilayer packaging production. 4. Filling, storage and handling of packaging. 5. Packaging in a modified atmosphere. 6. Utility properties of packaging. 7. Surface treatment and surface properties of packaging. 8. Optical properties. 9. Mechanical properties of packaging materials. 10. Barrier properties of packaging materials. 11. Specific features of medical and pharmacological packaging. 12. Insulation properties of packaging materials. 13. Combinations of packaging materials. 14. Recycling and disposal of packaging. In the laboratory practice, students test the influence of process parameters on selected processes and on the resulting properties of packaging products prepared by blow molding, extrusion, fiber spinning or blowing film extrusion.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecturing, Simple experiments
Learning outcomes
The subject introduces conventional processing of polymers employed in packaging materials. It emphasizes principles and possibilities of applied technologies and also benefits of individual groups of these materials. Processing methods are further discussed in relation to the character and properties of the application of packaging materials and final products.
Within the laboratories, students will practically test the influence of process parameters on selected technological procedures and the resulting utility properties of packaging products prepared using blowing, spinning, extrusion blowing technologies.
Knowledge of Polymer processing technologies, Polymer characterisation, Plastics technology, Polymer physics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Analysis of the student's performance

Mastering of the discussed curriculum content based on lectures, seminars and self-study literature. Active participation, 80% attendance at exercises. Submission and defense of assigned papers.
Recommended literature
  • Abdel-Bary, E. M. Handbook of plastic films. Rapra, 2003.
  • Albrecht, W., Fuchs, H., Kittelmann, W. Nonwoven Fabrics, Raw materials, Manufacture, Applications, Characteristics, Testing Processes. Wiley, 2003.
  • Arvanitoyannis, I. S. Modified atmosphere and active packaging technologies. Tayolor and Francis Group, 2012.
  • Klempner, D., Sendijarevic, V. Polymer foams and foam technology, 2nd edition. Hanser, 2012.
  • Solovyov, S., Goldman A. Mass transport and reactive barriers in packaging: Theory, applications and design. Destech Publications, Inc., 2008.
  • Waller, P. A practical guide to blown film troubleshooting, 2nd edition. , Plastics touchpoint group, 2012.
  • Yam, K. L. The Wiley encyclopedie of packaging technology. John Wiley and Sons, 2009.

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