Full course description
In this practical course the processing and mechanical testing of polymers will be explored. The course will exist of four different experiments. In these experiments the processing and testing of a specific polymer will be conducted. Thermoplastic polymers will be compounded (pure and as a blend) and processed in a blow or flat film trough extrusion. By the use of injection moulding standard dog bones will be made for mechanical testing. Mechanical and physical properties of the product will be determined by tensile and bending strength analysis, Melt Flow Index (MFI) and a notched test bar impact test. Rolling and pressing techniques will be used to process elastomers and the process of vulcanisation will be studied. After processing mechanical and physical testing will be performed. Coatings/paints play are an important application area of polymers. A basic coating will be made and will be processed. Characteristics like scratch and impact resistance of this coatings will be tested.
- To have the skills to determine the physical and mechanical properties of polymers and to increase the understanding of the underlying analytical methods.
- To obtains skills in the processing of polymers e.g. extrusion and injection moulding, compounding, pressing, etc.
- To obtain an understanding of the processing of different polymers like thermoplastic, and elastomeric polymers and coatings/paints.
- CHE2001 Organic Chemistry
Practical Manual and SOP’s of the used equipment