Polymer Engineering (CHNG3808)


Polymers are ubiquitous and a significant number of scientists and engineers are employed by the Polymer Industry. This unit of study will facilitate engagement with a broad spectrum of engineering knowledge base that range from polymer synthesis to design of polymer products to developing sustainable technology in polymer synthesis and applications. The industrial applications range from biomedical to electronics and semiconductors to nanotechnology, in addition to usual consumer products. Technical knowledge relating to polymer chemistry, mathematics, fluid and solid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer and reaction engineering will be applied for the planned outcomes of this course.
The specific objectives are: To analyse molecular structures and their relations with material properties; To investigate the variety of thermal and thermo-mechanical properties relevant for probing polymer structure as well as understanding material behaviour in the context of applications; To engage with rheological characterisation of polymers to probe polymer structural as well as to understand material behaviour in the context of applications; To understand the principles of polymer synthesis and to design polymerisation reactors for producing polymer resins; To understand the principles of polymer processing in order to design polymeric products for consumer and specialty applications; To critically analyse production of polymeric goods from the sustainability point of view; To engage with examples of cutting-edge engineering product and process designs and applications that encompass biomedical, nanotechnology, electronics and other emerging technologies.
At the completion of this unit of study students should have developed: An appreciation of the underlying principles of polymer engineering; The ability to apply these skills to new and novel situations; The ability to critically analyse the methods of manufacture of different products and processes and to improve these processes; The development of an integrated suite of problem-solving skills needed to successfully handle new engineering applications; An ability to independently research and be critical of the findings; An ability to analyse experimental data; An ability to carry out process and product design through critical thinking; Interpersonal, group and teamwork skills including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely; Professionalism in terms of taking responsibility for the results of their calculations and recommendations; Lifetime or self-directed learning skills including the ability to critically assess one's own performance in a constructive manner.

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Through semester assessment (45%) and Final Exam (55%)

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(CHEM1101 or CHEM1901) and (CHEM1102 or CHEM1902) and CHNG1103 and CHNG2801 and CHNG2802 and CHNG2803 and CHNG2804 and CHNG2805 and CHNG2806 and (MATH1001 or MATH1901) and (MATH1002 or MATH1902) and (MATH1003 or MATH1903) and (MATH1005 or MATH1905)


CHNG3801; CHNG3802

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