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ThermoPlastic Materials Engineering: Synthesis, Structure Properties and End Use Performance

Course# Date Time Location
203-1328 10/23/2024 - 10/25/2024 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Microsoft Teams
Cost: $1,250.00 USD
Online Registration
CEU's: 1.6
Instructor: Mr. Christopher Paige

Course Overview

This course is intended to introduce students to Thermoplastic Vulcanization (TPV) which includes synthesis, molecular structure and post processing techniques. Commodity plastics, Engineering plastics, plastic testing, High Performance Engineering plastics and Material Failure will be reviewed. Creep, Fatigue Testing, Physical and Chemical Testing will be discussed. Material Selection, Thermoplastics Elastomers, Thermoplastics Polyurethanes, Conventional Elastomers and TPV Abstract Automotive Application will be included in the course presentation.

Online Course Requirements

We want you to have a great experience participating in our remote (online) courses, and for that, you’ll need the right equipment and internet connection.

Minimum needs are:

  • A broadband internet connection that has at least a 2 Mbps upload and download speed.
  • A computer (PC or Mac) that can support the latest web browser versions.
  • At least 4 GB of RAM and adequate hard drive space.
  • A microphone and a speaker.
  • International Students: For virtual (online) courses, an additional fee will be assessed to cover the cost of shipping the professional binder (presentation slides), to your address. The cost of international shipping can be significant.

For more information, visit our Online Course Requirements webpage.

Instructor Biography:


Christopher (Chris) Paige holds a Master of Engineering degree in Plastics Engineering ( 2005- University of Massachusetts – Lowell) and Master of Science in polymer chemistry (1991 – University of Cincinnati). He is a member of the American Chemical Society ( ACS), American Society of Material (ASM) and Society of Plastics Engineers( SPE) and over thirty years of experience working in Industry. As a Laboratory Manager, at the University of Akron, Chris performed many hands-on rubber and polymer formulations, rubber and polymer Characterizations, and rubber and polymer processing projects, for both domestic and international clients. He is a subject matter expert and has trained clients on Rubber processing (C.W. Brabender’s, 2-Roll Mills, Heat presses), Plastics Processing (Single and Twin-Screw Extruders, Extrusion Blown Molding, Injection Molding, Injection Blow Molding, Thermoforming, Vacuum Forming, blown film and cast film lines), Rubber formulations and Rubber Characterization (MDR, Moonie Viscometers, RPA) and Polymer Characterizations (Thermal Analysis, Mechanical Instron testing, microscopy and spectroscopy).

Day 1: TPV – Synthesis, Processing and Environmental Impact

  • Synthesis and Molecular Structure.
  • Post-Polymer Processing of Polymers.
  • Plastics Processing.
  • Environmental Impact and Green Chemistry.

Day 2: Commodity, Engineering and High-Performance Engineering Plastics

  • Commodity Plastics.
  • Plastic Testing.
  • Engineering Plastics.
  • High Performance Engineering Plastics.
  • Material Failure.

Day 3: Testing, Test Methods and Automotive Application Abstracts

  • Creep and Fatigue Testing.
  • Physical Test Methods.
  • Chemical Test Methods.
  • Material Selections.
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers.
  • Thermoplastic Polyurethanes.
  • Conventional Elastomers.
  • Typical Properties.
  • Automotive Application Abstracts.
  • Consensus Standards.
  • Line Call Outs.


If you have any questions or need more information about this course, please contact:

Penelope Pinkston


Online Registration


Registration Form

Registration information: Registration shall remain open until posted as closed on the course listing on this site.

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 Technology Services Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. Course fees are due before attending.

All registrations—whether by online, 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 Technology Services 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 policy.