Course Title : Engineering for Chemical Materials Processing

Code 10H021
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term Spring
Class day & Period Wed 4th
Location A2-302
Credits 1.5
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese
Instructor Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Prof. M.Ohshima
,Dept of Chemical Engineering, Associate Prof. S.Nagamine,

Course Description

Focusing on transport phenomena (flow & rheology, mass flux, heat flux) in polymer processing process, the key relationships among polymer properties, processing schemes, and processing machine are taught.


40% midterm quiz, 60% exam at end

Course Goals

The objective of this course is to know how the polymers are different in terms of thermal, rheological and mechanical properties. The attendees learn what Tg, Tc, Tm, G' and G are, how those properties can be measured and how these obtained measurement data can be appreciated. Visual Observation movies relates those properties with the transport phenomena that occur in several polymer processing processes.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Orientation & Introduction of Polymer Processing The characteristics of polymers are reviewed by exercising the characterization of general polymers, like PE, PP, PLA, PC, PS, PVC in terms of appearance, thermal and mechanical properties.
State of Thermoplastic Polymer 1 The relationship among pressure-volume-temperature of thermoplastic polymer is described. The way of identifying the Tg, Tc is taught. Several equations of state are introduced.
Thermal Properties of Thermoplastic Polymers 2 Several important thermal properties of thermoplastic polymers, such as glass transition temp, Tg, crystallization temp, Tc, and melting temp, Tm are explained together with the measurement methods of those thermal properties. The latest measurement device, Flash DSC, is introduced with some of the interesting data of crystallization process.
Rheological Properties of Thermoplastic Polymers 2 The basic of polymer rheology, viscosity and elasticity, is given. Several phenomena of non-Newtonian fluid are introduced. The fundamental constitutive equations, Maxwell and Voigt models, describing the viscoelasticity of the polymers are explained. Exercising on identification of polymer structures, such as the degree of entanglement, molecular weight, presence of long-chain branch from the rheological data, relationship between polymer rheology and polymer structure is explained.
Basic Flows in Polymer Processing The basics of Polymer Processing are the series of Melt, Flow and Shape. Here the class focus on the Flow. The two types flow, i.e., drag and pressure flows are explained together with master equation. Without solving the mathematical equations, the skill of estimating the velocity profile is cultivated.
Visual Observation of Flow Phenomena in Processing Machine Entertaining several visual observation movies showing the flow phenomena in real polymer processing machine like injection molding machine and extruder, The effects of thermal and rheological properties of polymer on those flow phenomena are clarified.
Phase separation and Morphology Formation 2 The basic of phase separation of polymer-polymer, polymer-solvent are taught.
Phase Separation Phenomena in Polymer Processing Several polymer processing schemes exploiting a phase separation phenomenon are introduced. Synergistic design of the polymer properties, processing scheme and processing machine is stressed.
Check what we learn 1 During the class, plenty of quiz are given to check the understanding.




Agassant, J.F., Polymer Processing: Principles and Modeling


Basic of Transport Phenomena

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