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Polymer Fundamentals


The Polymer Fundamentals course provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental aspects of polymers
Learning Hours: 3

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Course Description

The Polymer Fundamentals course provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental aspects of polymers. Using graphics and animations, users are able to learn more about polymers’ unique characteristics, structures, properties, and classifications, as well as the most common processing methods available to manufacture polymer products.

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Who will benefit from this Polymers course?

Organizations that consume, distribute, process, and manufacture polymers; Quality, manufacturing, materials, engineering, purchasing, and sales functions at the above organizations

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 Fundamentals

Example of certificate awarded upon successful completion of the course.

*upon successful completion

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Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the different characteristics of polymers.
  2. Distinguish between the methods of polymerization.
  3. Identify the chain architectures, chain chemistries, and chain sequences of polymers.
  4. Differentiate between the mechanical, thermal, and functional properties of polymers.
  5. Contrast the physical states of polymers and the methods of polymer solidification.
  6. Discuss the classifications of polymers and understand their key differences.
  7. Recognize and understand the polymer processing methods discussed in the course.
Example of a thermoplastic elastomer chain structure where rubbery and glassy domains are present.
Polymer Fundamentals

Table of Contents

  1. Characteristics of Polymers
    1. Natural vs. Synthetic Polymers
    2. Advantages and Limitations of Polymers
    3. Naming Conventions
    4. Degree of Polymerization
  2. Polymer Synthesis and Structure
    1. Synthesis of Polymers
      1. Chain Growth
      2. Step Growth
    2. Polymer Structure
      1. Chain Architecture
        1. Linear Chains
        2. Branched Chains
        3. Networks
        4. Cycles
        5. Stars
      2. Chain Chemistry
        1. Homopolymers
        2. Copolymers and Terpolymers
      3. Chain Sequence
        1. Random
        2. Taper (Gradient)
        3. Block
        4. Alternating
  3. Polymer Properties
    1. Mechanical Properties
      1. Solid Properties: Strength
      2. Solid Properties: Elasticity
      3. Solid Properties: Modulus (Stiffness)
      4. Solid Properties: Strain-to-Failure
      5. Solid Properties: Toughness
      6. Solid Properties: Ductility
      7. Liquid Properties: Viscosity
      8. Liquid Properties: Viscoelasticity
    2. Thermal Properties
      1. Glass Transition Temperature
      2. Melting Transition Temperature
      3. Thermal Conductivity
      4. Thermal Expansion Coefficient
      5. Decomposition Temperature
    3. Functional Properties
      1. Electrical Properties: Arc Resistance
      2. Electrical Properties: Dielectric Constant
      3. Electrical Properties: Dielectric Strength
      4. Optical Properties: Luminous Transmittance
      5. Optical Properties: Specular Gloss
  4. Polymer Physical States and Classifications
    1. Liquids
    2. Solids
      1. Crystalline Solids and Amorphous Glasses
        1. Thermoplastics
      2. Chemically Crosslinked
        1. Thermoset Elastomers
        2. Thermosets
      3. Physically Crosslinked
        1. Thermoplastic Elastomers
  5. Polymer Processing Methods
    1. Extrusion
    2. Molding
    3. Pultrusion

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