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Course unit
INP7080080, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0518, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/16 Production Technologies and Systems 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Prerequisites: The prerequisites are included in the entry requirements for the Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course, the students will acquire knowledge that allows them to select the most appropriate technological process for the realization of any product made of polymeric material and to optimize the manufacturing process.
Examination methods: The exam is carried out in written form and includes 5 open questions and 2 exercises on the program. The questions have the objective of evaluating the knowledge reached on the technologies and processing systems of polymeric materials. The exercises, on the other hand, aim to evaluate the ability to size the design of the equipment, to determine the process parameters and to model the rheological behavior of the treated polymeric materials.
The final grade is expressed as the average of the evaluations of each application/exercise.
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the technologies and processing systems of polymeric materials.
Ability to quantitatively evaluate the physical quantities that characterize the main processing processes.
Ability to compare the available technologies on the basis of process capacity, production costs and compatibility with the geometric characteristics of the components to be realized.
Course unit contents: Objectives of the course are the study of the manufacturing processes of manufactured articles in polymeric materials. The main technologies investigated for the processing of polymeric materials treated in this course are the following: extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, rotational molding, thermoforming and film manufacturing. In particular, the extrusion and injection molding of thermoplastic materials will be studied from a theoretical and practical point of view, with the help of specific laboratory tests on pilot plants.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and exercises in the classroom.
Exercises in the technological laboratory:
- rheology characterization
- extrusion
- injection molding
Visits to three production plants of:
- injection molding
- blow molding
- extrusion (compounding)
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material presented during the lectures and a collection of notes taken during the lessons are made available on the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Osswald Tim A., Understanding polymer processing processes and governing equations. Munich: Hanser, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Osswald Tim A., Menges Georg, Materials Science of Polymers for Engineers. --: Hanser, 2014.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Technical visits in manufacturing companies

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • One Note (digital ink)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure