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Polymers Fundamentals

Polymers Fundamentals

5 days
PCH/POLYFUND-E
Sessions
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?

Audience

    • Professionals interested in polymers properties.

Level

  • Foundation
  • This course provides a global knowledge of polymers science.
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 wanted properties with the adapted characterization techniques.
Course Content

POLYMER REACTIONS

1.5 days

  • Step reaction - Chain reaction - Addition - Condensation.
  • Main characteristics of polymerization reactions: reaction enthalpy, polymerization initiation and termination.

POLYMER CHARACTERISTICS - MACROMOLECULAR CHAIN LENGTH & MOLECULAR WEIGHT

0.75 day

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

POLYMER CHARACTERISTICS - POLYMER MORPHOLOGY

1 day

  • 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

0.75 day

  • 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

1 day

  • 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.
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Ways & Means
  • Detailed course material.
  • Case study on polymer properties.