Advanced Polymer Processing

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMCE006-05
Vaknaam Advanced Polymer Processing
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Advanced Polymer Processing
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
Explain and summarize the different polymer processing techniques and evaluate their importance in the chemical industry.

Use the different mathematical tools available to describe and model those processes.
Select, based on the evaluation of the model, the appropriate simulation environment in order to analyze these processes.
Compare the different viscoelastic models used in industry and discuss their applicability based on the process studied.
Visualize the behavior of these polymeric systems and debate about their influence on the mechanical design of the facilities.
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 presenting the basics of polymer processing techniques, making a special focus on the numerical modelling of these processes, integrating the knowledge the students gained in their previous years in mathematics and chemistry courses. This is then applied into a series of examples and reports.

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 non-linear), 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, calendering (including heat transfer models) and the different methods used to characterize from a rheological point of view the different polymer solutions 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 these 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 a written exam.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Total hours of lectures: 20-24 hours, computer practicals: 12-16 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) dr. ir. P.D. Druetta , D. Parisi, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Slides of the course
Not mandatory:
Properties of Polymers (2009)
D.W. van Krevelen and K. te Nijenhuis 978-0-08-054819-7
Not mandatory:
Rheology and Non-Newtonian Fluids (2014)
Fridtjov Irgens 978-3-319-01053-3
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.
Opmerkingen 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.

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.

This course was registered last year with course code WMCH16003
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Chemical Engineering  ( Advanced Process Technology) - semester II a verplicht
MSc Chemical Engineering  ( Polymeric Products) - semester II a verplicht
MSc Industrial Engineering and Management: Product and Process Technology  (Optional technical PPT modules) - semester II a Elective CE
MSc Mechanical Engineering: Process Design for Energy Systems  (Electives ) 1 semester II a keuzegroep