Compounding and Testing of Plastics - 1 Day Course

To be scheduled
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404, U.S.A.
Cost: $600 USD
CEU's: 0.75
Instructor: John S. Dick

Course Overview

This survey course is designed to help chemists and nonchemists alike become familiar with the compounding and formulating of materials used in the plastics industries: i.e. thermoplastics and thermoset. An introduction and discussion of polymer chemistry and an overview of plastics compounding and testing are included in the course.  Compounding materials are studied and compared by general class and function.

Course Outline

OVERVIEW OF POLYMER CHEMISTRY AND COMPOUNDING
Benefits from Knowing Available Compounding Materials
Definition of Compounding
Global Economic Impact
Definitions and Terms
Polymers, Monomers, and Polymerization
Addition Polymers vs. Condensation Polymers
Thermoplastics vs. Thermosets
Gel Point
Polymer Characterization
Number Average MW, Weight Average MW, and Polydispersity Number
Types of Polymerization Reactions
Free Radical vs. Ions
Free Radical Addition Polymerization
Anionic Addition Polymerization
Cationic Addition Polymerization
Ionic vs. Radical Polymerization
Thermal Characterization
Thermal Analysis (DTA, DSC, DGA)
Crystalline vs. Amorphous Polymers
Tacticity
Four Types of Polymerization Processes
Viscoelastic Properties

PLASTICS INDUSTRY
Markets, History, Manufacturing Process
Testing
Basic Principles
Compounding
Functional Uses
Manufacturing Processes (Extrusion, Injection Molding, Compression Molding, Blow Molding, Thermoforming, Casting, Rotational Casting, Calendering).
Plastics Testing (Tensile Properties, Flexural Properties, Compressive Strength, Hardness, Melt Flow Index, Capillary Rheometer, Heat Deflection Temperature, Vicat Softening Temperature, Impact Strength, Izod and Charpy Impact, Multi-axial Impact, Falling Weight, Dart Drop)
Thermoplastic Resins - (PE, PVC, PS, PP, ABS, MMA, PET, Cellulose Acetate, Nylon, PC, Polyacetal, PPO, Polysulfone, TFE)
Thermosetting Resins – (PF, UF, MF, Unsaturated Polyesters)
Fillers and Reinforcements
Coupling Agents
Flame Retardants
Plasticizers
Lubricants
Heat Stabilizers
Antioxidants
Curing Agents Colorants
Impact Modifiers
Alloys
New Processes