Advanced Polymer Processing
Faculteit  Science and Engineering 
Jaar  2022/23 
Vakcode  WMCE00605 
Vaknaam  Advanced Polymer Processing 
Niveau(s)  master 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester II a 
ECTS  5 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Advanced Polymer Processing  
Leerdoelen  At the end of the course, the student is able to: 1. Explain and summarize the different polymer processing techniques and evaluate their importance in the chemical industry. 2. Use the different mathematical tools available to describe and model those processes. 3. Select, based on the evaluation of the model, the appropriate simulation environment in order to analyze these processes. 4. Compare the different viscoelastic models used in industry and discuss their applicability based on the process studied. 5. Visualize the behavior of these polymeric systems and debate about their influence on the mechanical design of the facilities. 6. Use the models to predict the behavior of the process based on the polymer properties and formulate strategies in order to improve their performance if different polymers are being used. 

Omschrijving  The course aims at linking polymer molecular structure, rheology and unit operations in polymer industry, integrating the knowledge the students gained in their previous years in mathematics, transport phenomena and chemistry courses. This is then applied into a series of examples and reports combining calculations and computational simulations. In order to achieve this goal, a brief introduction and revision is made on mathematical tools needed to model the polymer flow (e.g. tensors and numerical models). Then, the review the different rheological models used by the students, followed by the introduction of viscoelastic materials, explaining their behavior, different types (linear and nonlinear), and finalizing with the mathematical models used to simulate the flow of polymer solutions. Then, the different techniques used nowadays are analyzed, from the extrusion process to wire coating, injection molding, calendering (including heat transfer models) and the different methods used to characterize from a rheological point of view the different polymer found in industry. The last part of the course involves the study and modelling of different processes, going from a first step in which the solution is performed by manual calculation, and finalizing with the development of numerical codes and models using the software provided by the university (i.e. COMSOL and MATLAB). The students will be evaluated by the assessment of a number of reports showing calculation and or simulations, in which they have to perform a deep literature study and analysis (step by step) of the solution process, ending the summary of the phenomena analyzed and conclusions about possible applications/problems in industry. This will be complemented with an individual final written exam. 

Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm 
Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Total hours 142: lectures 26 hours, assignment: 18 hours, practical 18 hours, self study 80 hours) 

Toetsvorm 
Opdracht (AST), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Verslag (R)
(Final mark: Report (40%), Written exam (40%), Assignment (20%). See remarks.) 

Vaksoort  master  
Coördinator  D. Parisi, PhD.  
Docent(en)  D. Parisi, PhD. ,Prof. Dr. F. Picchioni  
Verplichte literatuur 


Entreevoorwaarden  The course assumes prior knowledge acquired from bachelor (chemical) engineering curricula, including (but not limited to) transport phenomena, calculus, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The students should also have at least a basic knowledge of algebra, differential equations and numerical methods in order to solve the problems. Moreover, basic programming skills are required in order to write the computer codes which are part of the reports to be presented. The course is mandatory for MSc ChemEng students following the tracks of Advanced Process Technology and Polymeric Products. Moreover, it is an elective course for the other MSc ChemEng tracks as well as to the other two MSc careers at the university: IEM and Mechanical Engineering. The course aims at integrating the knowledge gained by the students during their bachelor studies regarding calculus, transport phenomena and algebra, and linked this with the applications in the polymer industry. Thus, it prepares students for their future professional life in chemical industry, since they are able to understand and model mathematically a process and predict their behavior based on the polymer properties. It also provides a basic knowledge of a powerful simulation tool (COMSOL) which can be applied in different fields of engineering. 

Opmerkingen  The students are required to be in at least two of the first three lectures, and during the first practical lecture. Unjustified absence (the reason must be notified before the lecture) will cause the student to not be able to take the exam, and therefore to pass the course. The minimum grade has to be 5.5 in every of the assessment procedures used on the course. Students can take the exam without having approved the reports but these must be improved. The students have one opportunity to improve the grade from the exam. 

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