Polymers FundamentalsPCH/POLYFUND-E

Who should attend?

  • This course provides a global knowledge of polymers science.
Audience :
  • Professionals interested in polymers properties.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • POLYMER REACTIONS

      • Step reaction - Chain reaction - Addition - Condensation.
      • Main characteristics of polymerization reactions: reaction enthalpy, polymerization initiation and termination.
  • POLYMER CHARACTERISTICS - MACROMOLECULAR CHAIN LENGTH & MOLECULAR WEIGHT

      • Number average - Weight average.
      • Measurement systems: Gel Permeation Chromotagraphy (GPC), solution and melt (intrinsic) viscosity - Molecular weight distribution - Polydispersity index.
  • POLYMER CHARACTERISTICS - POLYMER MORPHOLOGY

      • Intermolecular forces - Stereochemistry.
      • Amorphous phase-Crystalline phase.
      • Chemical cross linking - Physical cross linking.
      • Homopolymers and copolymers: random copolymer, alternating copolymer and graft copolymers.
  • POLYMER PROPERTIES

      • Density.
      • Thermal properties - Glass transition temperature (Tg), melting point (Tm), crystallization, degradation.
      • Mechanical properties - Stress, strain, modulus, toughness.
      • Chemical resistance - Hydrophobic, hydrophilic properties.
      • Electrical properties.
  • CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUES

      • Surface and identification analyses - Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Infrared (FTIR).
      • Melt flowability - Melt Flow Index.
      • Thermal properties - Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), Heat Distortion Temperature (HDT), Vicat.
      • Mechanical properties - Tensile strength, Charpy and Izod impact resistance.
      • Chemical resistance.
      • Electrical-insulation, volume and surface resistivity, dielectric strength.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • list the different reactions of polymerization,
  • grasp the principles of polymerization techniques and the main characteristics of manufactured polymers,
  • know more about the polymer properties,
  • check the specified properties with the adapted characterization techniques.

Ways & Means

  • Detailed course material.
  • Case study on polymer properties.