Polymeric materials

Om kursen

Aim and goals
There is a rather wide variety of polymers (or plastics) ranging from simple homopolymers to more complex systems like copolymers and polymer blends. The properties and thus the potential applications of the different polymers are strongly connected to their physical and chemical structure as well as the chosen processing technique. A proper material selection certainly warrants a general but also a deeper understanding of the structural parameters and their interactions determining the properties of the different polymers.

After taking part in the course, the student should have a working knowledge of the general properties of a number of important polymers or polymeric systems, have an overall view on how structural characteristics affect or govern the performance of polymeric materials, appreciate the limitations and possibilities of using polymers and possess the basis for making an adequate material selection for a given application.

  • Polymerisation
  • Relation between structure and thermal and mechanical properties
  • Relation between structure and chemical properties
  • Relation between structure and optical and electrical properties
  • Additives for polymers

Each student will then have to prepare two seminars dealing with specific polymers
  • Acrylics
  • Fluorine-containing polymers
  • Polyamides
  • Polyester
  • Epoxy
  • Block copolymers
  • Polysulphones
  • Polyolefins

This selection may of course be modified.

The student should produce a report as well as an oral presentation. The report should summarise current trends for the specific polymer. This means that the student must look into other sources than just the book by Brydson, which however should constitute the backbone of the course.

Mer information

Mikael Rigdahl mikael.rigdal@chalmers.se


J. Brydson, Plastics materials, Butterworth-Heineman (any of the later editions)


Mikael Rigdahl