Knowledge and understanding
The student at the end of the course will have a basic knowledge of polymer materials and production technologies are appropriate in the product to be undertaken and its conditions of use.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The student will know how to choose the most suitable polymers for various applications, which precautions you should have when using polymers to replace metals and what are the criteria for the design of the components in consideration of the production technology of the pieces
It is suggested to undertake the course after the courses of mechanical technology and strength of materials.
Course contents summary
The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the major classifications of polymeric and composite materials and an understanding of key technologies for the production of polymer and composite components.
The course will go in-depth on design criteria for parts to be made of polymeric material. Finally, the techniques of rapid prototyping will be presented as an important tool in the design and now as a tool normally used for the production of small series.
The course includes classroom lectures supported by PowerPoint slides. In addition, there will be at least a lecture at a university laboratory to introduce student to tensile testing of polymer materials. Meetings with industry experts in the field will be also organised.
Assessment methods and criteria
The examination will consist of oral test of 3/4 questions on the topics of the course. Students wishing to increase their score are allowed to discuss a case study that they have developed in detail.