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Materials Science and Engineering (MATSE)

MATSE 444 Solid State Properties of Polymeric Materials (3) Structure/property relationships in the bulk solid state of polymers. Characterization of bulk properties and structure.

MATSE 444 Solid State Properties of Polymeric Materials (3)

Prerequisite is PLMSE 406. Understanding relationships between structure and properties in the bulk solid state of polymers is important in designing and utilizing polymers in many applications. In trying to understand 'structure' we also need to define what is meant by and important in 'structure' and review tools used to measure desired structural features. Two-thirds of the course addresses accepted general features of the polymeric solid state, with particular emphasis on characterization of semicrystalline polymers since semicrystalline polymers represent approximately 75% of industrially important polymers. In this portion of the course, we will be particularly concerned with defining and measuring percentage crystallinity and with defining and measuring orientation in polymers. Both of these parameters play important roles in establishing physical characteristics of polymers, in particular in mechanical properties. Mechanical properties continues to be an important feature for polymers since polymers posses the widest available range of mechanical properties of any material. The remainder of the course covers new and/or continuing topics selected from composition-branching distribution; barrier properties of thin films and recycle-degradation of polymers.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2003
Prerequisite: MATSE 443

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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