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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3M14
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: LEKAKOU C Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Short course: one week of intensive teaching (approx. 30 contact hours) followed by independent learning and completion of assessment package.
Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment



Continuous assessment

Post-short course assessment package


Module Overview
Completion of the progress requirements to Level M and Module SE0105
Module Aims
This course aims to:
• provide an up-to-date appreciation of the developments and applications of polymers in   
• provide students with important background and conceptual 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
Module Content
The amorphous state
The crystalline state
Mechanical behaviour
Liquid crystal polymers
Toughness and toughening mechanisms
Plastics processing review
Advanced processing techniques
Polymer matrix composites
Blends and alloys
Adhesives and coatings
Diffusion in polymers
Polymers in aerospace
Photo-active polymers
Automotive applications
Recycling of polymers
Methods of Teaching/Learning
ntensive five day teaching period including 26 hours lectures and 3.5 hours tutorials, followed by assessment package of a nominal 70 hours work, to be submitted within six months (part-time) or six weeks (full-time) of the end of the course week. 
Total student learning time 150 hours.
Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading
Recommended background reading
Extensive course notes are supplied.  
The library has a wide range of textbooks that support the Polymer curriculum, including:
Young RJ & Lovell PA, Introduction to Polymers, Chapman & Hall.
Rodriguez F, Principles of Polymer Systems, 5th ed, Taylor & Francis, 2003.
Kumar A, Fundamentals of Polymer Engineering, Marcel Dekker, 2003.
Holloway L, Advanced Polymer Composites and Polymers in Civil Infrastructure, Elsevier Scientific, 2001.
The Library has also a wide range of relevant journals with the latest research and developments, including Polymer, Polymer Science & Engineering, and Materials World.
Websites of interest include
Last Updated
13 June 2008