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Polymers: Science, Engineering & Applications - 19 - 23 February 2018

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Polymers: Science, Engineering & Applications - 19 - 23 February 2018


This intensive short course will be given over a period of five days and is designed to provide an analysis of the science and engineering of polymers, and an up-to-date appreciation of the development and application of polymers in engineering and other fields. The emphasis will be on the newer and more advanced materials. The first part of the course will consist of an overview of the underlying science of polymeric materials and will provide a useful introduction to those new to the field (or a refresher for those who have been in it for some time). This will lead in to a detailed discussion of mechanical and physical properties, processing of polymers, characterisation techniques, and development of different types of polymers including both common and advanced polymers.

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Course Dates

19th February 2018 – 23rd February 2018

Course Leader

Dr Tina Lekakou
Course Description


There will also be lectures on some of the more important newer materials for structural, optoelectronic and biomedical applications, and the course will conclude with a discussion of trends of polymer utilisation in leading industries.

Topics covered include: mechanical behaviour, thermoplastics, design and adhesives and coatings.

Module Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide an up-to-date appreciation of the developments and applications of polymers in    engineering
  • provide students with important background and concepts on the structure and properties of polymers with the focus on: (i) recent developments in: (a) the chemical and physical structure (b) processing (c)  and production of new classes of polymers that lead to a new range of properties or significant improvement of existing properties; (ii) novel applications for polymers or applications where the polymers have found recent expansion in novel areas due to their enhanced or novel properties.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will:

  • have a knowledge of the properties, processing and applications of thermoplastics and thermosets, both bulk and specialised materials, latest developments and new or advanced applications for polymers,
  • be able to use this knowledge in a critical manner to make justified choices of polymeric materials and processes, plan and design the product and manufacturing route for a given application

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