Course Detail

Polymer Science for Engineers

Course Number: AP4221
Date: 06/26/2014 - 06/27/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404
Cost: $950 USD
CEU's: 1.5
Instructor: Dr. Tom Dudek

Course Overview

This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of polymer science and polymer engineering. It provides a broad overview of polymer materials, thermoplastic and thermoset polymers, polymer synthesis, polymerization mechanisms, copolymerization, block and graft copolymers, thermoplastic elastomers, mechanical properties and morphology of polymers in glassy, rubbery and viscous liquid states and the relationship between polymer molecular structure and glass transition and melting temperatures.  The mechanical properties of polymers are compared with those of metallic materials.  The course also provides an introduction to rubber elasticity, rubber technology, engineering applications of rubber, viscoelastic properties of polymers including creep, stress relaxation and dynamic mechanical properties, as well as to important methods of polymer processing and methods for characterizing the flow properties of polymer melts.  The textbook, Introduction to Polymers, is included in the price of the course.


     Introduction to Polymers by Robert J. Young and Peter A. Lovell

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Polymer Materials
    1. Amorphous and Crystalline Polymers
    2. Thermal Transition Temperatures - Glass and Melting
    3. Modulus vs. Temp Properties of Polymers
  2. Polymerization Methods - Polymer Syntheses
    1. Step - Growth
    2. Free Radical
    3. Ionic Polymerization, Ring Opening and Coordination Catalysts
  3. Polymer Characterization Methods - Molecular Mass and Chain Microstructure
    1. Solution Viscosity, Osmometry, Light Scattering, GPC and mass Spectrometry
    2. Spectroscopin - IR and NMR
  4. Semi-Crystalline Polymers and the Crystalline State
    1. Commodity and Ultrahigh Modulus Fibers
  5. Copolymerization and Copolymers
    1. Random Copolymers
    2. Block and Graft Copolymers
  6. Polymer Solubility and Polymer Blends
  7. Elastomer and Rubber Technology
    1. Engineering Applications of Rubber
    2. Thermoplastic Elastomers
  8. Polymer Processing
    1. Flow of Polymer Melts
    2. Compounding
    3. Extrusion, Compression and Injection Molding
  9. Viscoelastic Properties
    1. Dynamic Mechanical
    2. Creep and Stress Relaxation
  10. Polymer Composites






Course Registration

General Course Registration:
Download a Printable Registration Form [PDF].

Registration Information:
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.


Visit our registration webpage to view our cancellation/withdrawal policies.

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