Polymer Processing (MFGE432) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Polymer Processing MFGE432 Elective Courses 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type Elective Courses
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Question and Answer, Drill and Practice.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. C. Merih Şengönül
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The course aims the development of an understanding of polymer materials and their shaping processes together with compounding to create multiphase systems such as blends and composites.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Student will understand the macromolecular structure and different architectures of polymer molecules, their effect on crsytallinity and amorphous behavior as well as phase transitions.
  • Sudent will get familiar with many industrial polymers and engineering polymers, copolymers and their blends and learn the primary and secondary bonding between the chain molecules and their effect on their thermoplastic and thermosetting behavior as well as their mechanical properties as well as recycling
  • Student will get the basic idea of polymer synthesis and averaging of molecular weight distribution of polymers and its effect on their thermal and mechanical properties.
  • Student will have basic understanding of viscoeleasticiy and polymer rheology
  • Student will be able to understand various processing and molding operations and be able to analytically analyze extrusion process.
Course Content Introduction to hydrocarbons and macromolecular structures, homopolymers, copolymers, elastomers, blends and thermosets, morphology of polymers, semicrystalline and amorhous states, polymer additives, mechanical properties, differential scanning calorimetry and dilatometry, rheological properties, non Newtonian flow, viscoelasticity, melt flow index and rheometers, melting and mixing; die forming, extrusion based processes, molding processes, manufacture of tires and other rubber products.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to polymer morphology, architecture and behavior Chapter 1
2 Polymer synthesis and bonding in polymers Chapter 2
3 Characterization of molecular weights Chapter 3
4 Morphology of Polymers, crsytalization and amorphous structure Chapter 4
5 Thermodynamic transitions in Polymers Chapter 5
6 Mechanical Properties Chapter 6
7 Rubber elasticity Chapter 7
8 Pure viscous flow and newtonian behavior Chapter 8
9 Viscoelasticity and Non-newtonian flows Chapter 9
10 Polymer Rheology Chapter 10
11 Polymer Rheology Chapter 11
12 Extrusion Chapter 12
13 Molding processes: Injection, blow molding, etc. Chapter 13
14 Other polymer shaping operations Chapter 14
15 Rubber production and vulcanization Chapter 15
16 Tire manufacturing Chapter 16


Course Book 4. Fundamental Principles of Polymeric Materials (2nd edition) Stephen Rosen
Other Sources 5. Fundamental Principles of Polymeric Processing by Stanley Middleman, McGraw-Hill, 1977
6. Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing: Materials, Processes, and Systems by Mikell P. Groover, John Wiley and Sons Inc, (2007)
7. Principles of Polymer Processing, Zehev Tadmor, Costas G. Gogos, Wiley Interscience, 2007

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 5
Laboratory 1 5
Application 1 10
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation 1 5
Project 1 10
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 25
Toplam 8 100
Percentage of Semester Work 75
Percentage of Final Work 25
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 An ability to apply advanced knowledge in computational and/or manufacturing technologies to solve manufacturing engineering problems .
2 An ability to define and analyze issues related with manufacturing technologies.
3 An ability to develop a solution based approach and a model for an engineering problem and design and manage an experiment.
4 An ability to design a comprehensive manufacturing system based on creative utilization of fundamental engineering principles while fulfilling sustainability in environment and manufacturability and economic constraints.
5 An ability to chose and use modern technologies and engineering tools for manufacturing engineering applications.
6 Ability to perform scientific research and/or carry out innovative projects that are within the scope of manufacturing engineering.
7 An ability to utilize information technologies efficiently to acquire datum and analyze critically, articulate the outcome and make decision accordingly.
8 An ability to attain self-confidence and necessary organizational work skills to participate in multi-diciplinary and interdiciplinary teams as well as act individually.
9 An ability to attain efficient communication skills in Turkish and English both verbally and orally.
10 An ability to reach knowledge and to attain life-long learning and self-improvement skills, to follow recent advances in science and technology.
11 An awareness and responsibility about professional, legal, ethical and social issues in manufacturing engineering.
12 An awareness about solution focused project and risk management, enterpreneurship, innovative and sustainable development.
13 An understanding on the effects of engineering applications on health, social and legal aspects at universal and local level during decision making process.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours)
Laboratory 1 2 2
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 2 32
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 3 3
Project 1 10 10
Homework Assignments 1 5 5
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 10 20
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 10 10
Total Workload 82