Course Number: AP3216
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404
Cost: $600 USD
Instructor: John S. Dick
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. The plastics section of the textbook, Compounding Materials for the Polymer Industries: A Concise Guide to Polymers, Rubbers, Adhesives, and Coatings, by John Dick, is included in the price of the course.
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
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 Analysis (DTA, DSC, DGA)
Crystalline vs. Amorphous Polymers
Four Types of Polymerization Processes
Markets, History, Manufacturing Process
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
Curing Agents Colorants
General Course Registration:
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Registration for a class is due three weeks prior to the scheduled class date.
All registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. COURSE FEES ARE DUE PRIOR TO ATTENDING.
All registrations whether by phone, fax or mail will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Training Center to verify your registration.
Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages, and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.
ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED AND ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS. EARLY REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!
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