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Polymer Basics


Take a peek into the world of industrial polymers vital to civilization. The THORS course Polymer Basics provides a comprehensive view of the lifecycle of synthetic polymers.
Learning Hours: 2

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Course Description

Take a peek into the world of industrial polymers vital to civilization. The THORS course Polymer Basics provides a comprehensive view of the lifecycle of synthetic polymers. This introductory course, replete with vibrant visuals and interactives, explores the chemistry, classification, and manufacturing processes associated with synthetic polymers. In addition, this course examines the properties and performance of synthetic polymer products.

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Who will benefit from this Polymers course?

Quality, manufacturing, materials, engineering, purchasing, sales, and marketing teams in organizations involved in distributing, processing, manufacturing, and consuming of industrial plastics.

Course Classification

This manufacturing course by THORS eLearning Solutions covers identification of key terms and understanding of key concepts.

*THORS uses the Bloom’s Taxonomy Methodology for our course development.

Certificate Awarded for Polymer Basics

Example of certificate awarded upon successful completion of the course.

*upon successful completion

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Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the basic terminology associated with polymer chemistry.
  2. Recognize the basic polymers types from its chemical structure.
  3. Compare and contrast the polymer types.
  4. Gain comprehensive knowledge on the entire life cycle of a synthetic polymer and the associated manufacturing processes.
  5. Understand the relationship between polymer properties and product performance.
  6. Predict polymer properties based on its degree of crystallinity.
Diagram showing the structure of polyamide 66, an alternating copolymer.
Polymer Basics

Table of Contents

  1. Structure and Classification
    1. Structure
      1. Polymer Terminology
      2. Chain Chemistry
        1. Homopolymers
        2. Copolymers
          1. Alternating Copolymer
          2. Random Copolymer
          3. Graft Polymer
          4. Block Polymer
          5. Terpolymer
      3. Chain Architecture
        1. Linear Chain Polymers
        2. Branched Chain Polymers
        3. Crosslinked Polymers
      4. Morphology
        1. Types of Polymer Morphologies
        2. Effect of Temperature
        3. Effect of Tacticity
    2. Classification
      1. Response to Temperature
      2. Resin Code
  2. Manufacturing Processes
    1. Polymer Sources
      1. Polymers from Energy Sources
      2. Bio-Sourced Polymers
    2. Polymer to Product
      1. Material Processing
        1. Compounding
        2. Types of Industry Grade Polymers
      2. Forming
        1. High Volume Manufacturing
          1. Injection Molding
          2. Extrusion
          3. Blow Molding
        2. Medium Volume Manufacturing
          1. Rotational Molding
          2. Casting
          3. Thermoforming
        3. Low Volume Manufacturing
          1. Additive Manufacturing
          2. Machining
      3. Finishing
    3. Product Performance
      1. Polymer Properties
      2. Degree of Crystallinity
        1. Strength
        2. Modulus
        3. Toughness
        4. Chemical Resistance
        5. Barrier Properties
        6. Weather Resistance
        7. Heat Resistance
        8. Opacity
        9. Viscosity
        10. Applications

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