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BSc Materials Science and Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Multiphase Polymers & Nanocomposites
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit provides comprehensive coverage of multiphase polymer systems, in particular blends, block copolymers and nanocomposites (larger-scale fibre reinforced composites are covered in MATS 31301).
The unit aims to:
- Provide the student with an understanding of the structure-property relationships of multiphase polymer systems, the theories that underpin their formation, structure and properties and how applications for these materials stem from their behaviour.
A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Intellectual skills
- Practical skills
- Transferable skills and personal qualities
Teaching and learning methods
Blended learning programme: Including asynchronous activities (including video lectures, self-test quizzes, directed reading) and (live) synchronous activities (including Q&A sessions, quizzes and tutorials).
Blackboard – All asynchronous activities, lecture notes, questions sheets and handouts will be available electronically. Synchronous activities will be recorded and will also be available electronically
Knowledge and understanding
- Describe the range of multiphase polymers and their advantages relative to single-phase polymers.
- Explain the principles and theory of phase separation in polymer blends and block copolymers.
- Evaluate the beneficial effects of nanoscale reinforcements.
- Justify of the applications of multiphase polymers and explain their environmental issues.
- Describe the types of nanoparticle fillers.
- Understand the main factors determining the mechanical and functional properties of polymer nanocomposites.
- Give examples of current applications of polymer nanocomposites.
- Assess and interpret data from DMTA in order to determine polymer structure.
- Apply simple models to predict the modulus of polymer blends and polymer nanocomposites.
- Apply simple models to evaluate functional properties of polymer nanocomposites.
- Evaluate X-Ray diffraction data, Scanning and Transmission
- Electron Microscopy images to characterise the structural properties of polymer nanocomposites.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Solve problems utilising appropriate methods.
- Assess results critically.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||30%|
Verbal and written
- "Polymer Alloys and Blends”, LA Utracki, Hanser Gardner, 1990.
- “Polymer Blends and Alloys”, MJ Folkes and PS Hope, Springer, 2012
- “Polymeric Multicomponent Materials”, LH Sperling, Wiley, 1997
- “Thermoplastic Elastomers”, G Holden et al (Eds), Hanser, 1996.
- “Polyurethane Elastomers”, CPE Scortanu, S Coseri, Springer, 2011.
- “Polymer Nanocomposites”, Y-W Mai, Z-Z Yu, Woodhead 2006.
- “Polymer-Clay nanocomposites”, TJ Pinnavaia and GW Beall (eds), Wiley, 2000.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||6|
|Independent study hours|
|Cristina Valles||Unit coordinator|