MSE 555 Polymer Technology and Engineering

Classes of commercially important polymers, advanced topics in phase behavior, viscoelasticity, rubber elasticity, fracture and ultimate properties of polymers; polymer rheology and processing; design of polymeric materials. Credit for both MSE 455 and MSE 555 is not allowed. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

MSE 380: Microstructure of Organic Materials, or equivalent.

• Course Objectives

Course learning outcomes. By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Articulate the principles of polymer viscoelasticity and rubber elasticity and apply them to the design of polymeric materials.
  • Describe various modes of failure of polymeric materials.
  • Describe common polymer processing techniques and equipment.
  • Select the most appropriate polymer processing technique for a particular end-use application.
  • Identify the attributes of the various classes of commercially important polymers for materials selection.

• Course Requirements

Undergraduate course requirements (MSE 455)

Exams: 4 in-class exams (final exam included)

Homework assignments: homework problems will be assigned regularly and will be graded

Field trips: During the spring semester offering of this course, two field trips will be taken to local polymer processing companies. EOL students who cannot attend the field trips will be required to write two term papers- one on injection molding and one on extrusion. Field trips will not be scheduled for the summer session, so summer students must also submit term papers.

Graduate course requirements (MSE 555)
Students enrolled in MSE 555 must complete all the course requirements for MSE 455 and will also be required to complete extra homework problems.

• Textbook

Principles of Polymer Engineering, McCrum, Buckley and Bucknall. 2nd ed. Oxford Science Publishers (1997). ISBN #0-19-856526-7

• Computer and Internet Requirements

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• Instructor
  Dr. C. Maurice Balik, Professor
Material Science Engineering
Engineering Building I (Eb1) 3078C, Box 7907
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-515-2126
Fax: 919-515-7724