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INP9086178, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0531, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination POLYMERIC MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Management and 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

Teacher in charge LISA BIASETTO ING-IND/22

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/22 Science and Technology of Materials 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Prerequisites: Materials Science and Technology, basic Chemistry
Target skills and knowledge: 1) Knowledge of the main properties of plastic materials (rheology, mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical and durability properties).
2) Knowledge of the main classes of plastic materials (thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers) and their properties. Elements of polymer recycling technologies.
3) Acquisition of design skills with plastic materials taking into account the life cycle of the material (EcoAudit).
Examination methods: The verification of the acquired knowledge and skills will be carried out in two ways:
1) During the course, students divided into groups will solve the design of a product made of plastic material with reduced environmental impact.
2) At the end of the course students will take a written test divided into multiple choice questions and exercises (weighing 75% on the final score) and the presentation of the project (25% on the final score).
Assessment criteria: Evaluation criteria:
1) Completeness of theoretical knowledge acquired, in terms of rheological, mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical and durability characteristics of polymers and plastic materials.
2) Knowledge of the main families of plastic materials (industrial polymers) and their properties.
3) The ability to design produced with plastic material from an EcoAudit perspective.
4) Exhibition skills and capability in the treatment and presentation of the project.
Course unit contents: Introduction to plastics:
difference between polymer and plastic, life cycle, thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers and rubbers
• Rheology of polymer melts:
Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, dependence of viscosity on the rate of deformation, from T and P. Average and numerical molecular weight, index of polydispersity and degree of polymerization: effect on viscosity. Onset of normal stresses in the polymer melt: die swell. Withdrawal, distortion and stress arising from the injection process. Melt Flow Index.
• Mechanical properties: stress-strain curves. Dependence on time and T. Amorphous and semicrystalline polymers: glassy, ​​viscoelastic and rubbery region. Solids with enthalpic and entropic behavior. Creep and relaxation curves, compliance and relaxation modulus, dependence on t and T. Equivalence principle t-T. Boltzmann superposition principle, viscoelastic models (Maxwell, Kelvin-Voigt, standard model). Dynamic mechanical properties, storage module and loss module. Time-T equivalence with the Dynamic Mechanical properties, structural analysis of polymers through the Dynamic Mechanics tests. Polymer fracture behavior, yield and creep, shear yielding and crazing. Tenacization, fracture, fatigue and impact resistance.
Thermal properties and degradation phenomena
Electrical and optical properties

Main types of polymers:
• Thermoplastic polymers
Polyolefins: PE, PP;
PS and polymers with PS: SAN, HIPS, ABS;
Vinyl polymers: PVC, PVAc, PVA, EVA, EVAL;
Florinated polymers: PTFE, PVDF;
Acrylic polymers: PMMA, AMMA;
PC, PC copolymers and PC blends;
Polyamides and aromatic polyamides;
Aromatic polyesters: PET, PEN, PBT;
Synthetic polymeric fibers of addition;
Polyethers and polyetherketones: PPE, PPO, PAEK, PEK.
The POM.
• Thermosetting polymers:
Epoxy resins, polyester resins, phenolic resins, amino resins, polyurethane resins and silicone resins.
• Recycling technologies and valorisation of plastic waste:
Mechanical recycling and related problems; reactive blending and compounding. Separation and mixing techniques. Compatibility between polymers. Chemical recycling: de-polymerization, chemical degradation. Energy recovery and waste-to-energy plants. Examples: PET, rubber.
Sustainable design with plastic materials: life cycle analysis and selection of eco-sustainable plastics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is divided into the following activities:
- Frontal lessons with classical methodology (75%)
- Active Learning activities to be carried out in the classroom or through the moodle platform, with evaluation (25%)
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material presented during the lessons will be made available on the moodle platform.
The study material includes:
- notes and lecture notes
- video material
- scientific articles
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • L. Biasetto, E. Bernardo, G. Scarnisci, Introduzione ai materiali polimerici. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • S. Bruckner et al., Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Polimerici, III Edizione. --: EdiSES, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action