Plastics Engineering

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26.4CE Co-op Experience Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 37824
Status Active

This zero credit course is specifically designated for Plastics, Chemical, and Mechanical Undergraduate Engineering students who have successfully completed the Professional Development Seminar, are participating in the Professional Co-op program and have completed their first, full-time co-op employment. The co-op is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop and enhance their hands on, technical and professional skills within an Industry related to their academic program of study. During the co-op employment experience, students will, in conjunction with their employer, develop and submit written learning goals, participate in a performance evaluation and facilitate an on-site visit by Co-op Coordinator.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req. 26.3CE; Pre-req. or Co-req. 26.210

26.3CE Co-op Experience Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 37157
Status Active

This is a structured educational strategy integrating classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences in a field related to a student's academic or career goals. It provides progressive experiences in integrating theory and practice. Co-op is a partnership among students, educational institutions and employers, with specified responsibilities for each party.

26.4ACE Cooperative Education Experience Credits: 0

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Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 38650
Status Active

This zero credit course is specifically designated for Plastics Engineering students who have successfully completed the Professional Development Seminar, are participating in the professional Co-op program, and have secured a third, full-time co-op employment experience. The co-op is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop and enhance their hands on, technical and professional skills within an industry related to their academic program of study. During the co-op employment experience, students will, in conjunction with their employer, develop and submit written learning goals, participate in a performance evaluation and facilitate an on-site visit by Co-op Coordinator.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 26.210 Professional Developement Seminar, and 26.3CE Cooperative Education Experience I, and 26.4CE Cooperative Education Experience II.

26.001 Plastics Safety Lecture Credits: 0

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Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 4147
Status Active

All Plastics Engineering students enrolled in a plastics laboratory course are required to attend a one hour per week safety lecture for safety training.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Reqs: 26.215 or 26.315 or 26415 or 26.416 or 26.574

26.002 Plastics Safety Lecture Credits: 0

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Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 4148
Status Active

All Plastics Engineering students enrolled in a plastics laboratory course are required to attend a one hour per week safety lecture for safety training. Continuation of 26.001.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Reqs: 26.216 or 26.316 or 26.415 or 26.416 or 26.572.

26.201 Polymer Materials I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1258
Status Active

This introductory course in plastics materials first evaluates how commercial plastics were developed, characterized and compared throughout the relevant industry. Various ASTM testing protocols are reviewed followed by an initial study of commodity plastic materials, including polyethylene, poly (vinyl chloride), polystyrene, diene rubbers and other selected and relatively high-volume resins. Applicable commercial polymerization methods are introduced along with comparative structure/property relationships. Initial comparisons are drawn as between commodity thermoplastic resins and thermoset compositions. Comparative end-use applications are continuously discussed along with a consideration of selected environmental issues (recyclability).

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 84.121 Chemistry I.

26.202 Polymer Materials II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4149
Status Active

A critical review of the commercial family of materials known as engineering thermoplastics including an examination of relatively important thermoset polymer systems. Major commercial polymerization reactions are reviewed (e.g. applicable chain growth or step-growth polymerizations) including comparative market performance based upon mechanical, thermal, chemical properties and environmental considerations. Also considered are selective high performance plastic materials suitable for use at elevated temperatures and in other relatively extreme working environments. Recommended Pre-Req: 26.201 Polymer Materials I.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 84.121Chemistry I.

26.210 Professional Development Seminar Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 33446
Status Active

The Professional Development Seminar is designed to provide students with the necessary structure, resources, and support to successfully secure and engage in their first Plastics Cooperative Education experience. Through a variety of interactive teaching methodologies and assignments, students will participate in a sequence of learning activities including self-assessment, industry research, and the development of co-op learning objectives. Students will prepare to engage in the job search process through resume-writing, strategic interviewing, professional networking and learn professional behavior and presentation skills. The goal of the course is to assist each student in developing a sound plan of action to successfully participate in the cooperative education experience.

26.211 Engineering Mechanics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4153
Status Active

Equilibrium of structures subjected to forces and moments. Area and mass moments of inertia,. Internal forces, shear and bending moments acting on loaded structures, including cantilevers, beams, trusses, bridges and machine frames. Friction.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 92.121 Calculus I and 95.141 Physics I.

26.212 Dynamics Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 4154
Status Active

This course covers the fundamentals of Newtonian mechanics, including kinematics, motion relative to accelerated reference frames, work and energy, impulse and momentum, 2D and 3D rigid body dynamics. The course pays special attention to applications in plastics engineering including introductory topics in material and energy balance.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 92.121 Calculus I and 95.141 Physics I.

26.215 Plastics Processing Engineering Laboratory I Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 4155
Status Active

A plastics laboratory courses to study plastics properties and processability. This course focuses on physical property testing of plastics. The property tests covered in this lab course include tensile properties, flexural properties, pendulum impact resistance, drop impact resistance, bulk properties, surface properties, and melt flow rate. The effect of temperature on many of these properties is also evaluated.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req or Co-Req: 26.201 Polymer Materials I, Co-Req: 26.001 Plastics Safety Lecture.

26.216 Plastics Process Engineering Laboratory II Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 4156
Status Active

This laboratory introduces students to the processes of plastics single screw extrusion, plastics injection molding, blow molding and sheet thermoforming. Experiments are designed so that the student will understand the theory of polymer conversion techniques by the interaction between process variables and materials characteristics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 26.002 Plastics Safety Lecture.

26.218 Introduction to Design Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 4157
Status Active

This course is designed to teach basic principles of technical drawing, fundamentals of design, dimensioning and tolerances. Basic concepts of manufacturing and rapid prototyping are covered. The lecture component covers theoretical information, and the lab component covers hands-on learning, where students learn to use a commercial CAD software.

26.247 Thermodynamics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4159
Status Active

The principles of thermodynamics, a study of the first and second laws of thermodynamics with applications to classic power generation and refrigeration systems. The concepts of entropy, reversibility, irreversibility and availability.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 92.132 Calculus II and 95.141 Physics I.

26.306 Methods of Experimental Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4163
Status Active

Basic concepts dealing with the interpretation of experimental engineering results. Deterministic vs. stochastic processes. Elementary probability theory and common distributions. Graphical analysis and mathematical modeling. Statistical parameters and their applications to quality control, and tests of significance. Design of experiments (DOE) for process development and optimization.

26.310 Co-op Assessment I Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 35650
Status Active

The primary goal of this seminar is to assist students in the overall assessment of their overall cooperative education experience. Through facilitated small group discussion, individual consultation and hands on practice, students will have an opportunity to identify and articulate their technical and professional skills, and explore how these skills and their co-op employment might be translated and leveraged into future work environments and their academic program at UML.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre/Co-req: 26.210 Professional Development Seminar; and Pre/Co-Req: 25.3CE Cooperative Education.

26.314 Fluid Flow Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4164
Status Active

Statics and dynamics of Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids. Bernoulli equation, flow in closed conduits, measurement of fluid flow, external flow, rheology of melts, control volume, temperature and entrance effects. Applications of flow equations to plastics processing. Recommended Pre-Reqs: 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Engineering Differential Equations.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 92.132 Calculus II.

26.315 Plastics Process Laboratory III Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 4165
Status Active

This laboratory introduces students to the processes of twin screw extrusion compounding, advanced injection molding and process monitoring, the plastics recycling process, and extrusion rheological measurements for plastics. Experiments are designed so that the student will understand the theory of polymer conversion techniques by the interaction between process variables and material characteristics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 26.215 or 26.216 Plastics Processing Eng Lab I/II, 26.201 Polymeric Materials I; Co-Req: 26.001 Plastics Safety Lecture.

26.316 Plastics Process Engineering Laboratory IV Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 4166
Status Active

This laboratory introduces students to the processes of blowm film extrusion, sheet extrusion, tubing extrusion with statistical quality control, twin screw compounding of nano-composites and over-molding. Experiments are designed so that the student will understand the theory of polymer conversion techniques by the interaction between process variables and material characteristics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 26.216 Pl Process Eng Lab II, 26.202 Polymer Materials II; and Co-Req: 26.002 Plastics Safety Lecture.

26.348 Heat Transfer Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4168
Status Active

This course covers the theory and application of steady and transient heat conduction, convection, and radiation. Particular emphasis is placed on heat transfer problems in plastics processing and modern engineered systems. Computational methods and analysis of heat exchangers are covered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 92.231 Calculus III; Pre/Co- Reqs: 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations.

26.373 Plastics Mold Engineering I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4169
Status Active

Course work entails the introduction to the fundamentals of plastics mold and die engineering with the objective to develop an overall appreciation of the mold engineer's job. Emphasis is placed on an integrated approach to mold engineering which includes the interrelationships of polymeric materials, engineering principles, processing, and plastics product design, mold and die design/construction, and design communications. Laboratory consists of the actual design of an old or mold components with emphasis on CAD and computerized Material Database. A semester project is required. Junior status or permission of instructor.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 26.218 Intro to Design; Pre-Req or Co-Reqs: 26.314 Fluid Flow and 26.348 Heat Transfer.

26.377 Plastics Process Engineering I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1256
Status Active

The first course in a two semester sequence to study the fundamental principles of polymer processing, i.e., the conversion of the polymeric materials into useful articles. The course will first study the properties of polymers (bulk and rheological and thermal properties) and why they are important to understanding polymer processing. This course will emphasize the fundamental principles of the extrusion process and examine the correlation between elements of the extruder, polymer properties, and processing variables and why they all must be considered when studying and understandng a plastics processing technique.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 26.201 Polymer Materials I or 26.202 Polymer Materials II. Pre-Req or Co-Req: 26.314 Fluid Flow.

26.378 Plastics Process Engineering II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4171
Status Active

This course will study the basic extrusion processes of blown film, flat film, tube, pipe, extrusion coating, coextrusion, injection molding, thermoforming, rotational molding and blow molding with emphasis on how polymeric materials, machine components and process variables affect properties of the products produced with each process. Recommended Pre-Req: 26.377 Plastics Process Engineering I.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 26.201 Polymer Materials I or 26.202 Polymer Materials II.

26.381 Polymer Science for Engineers I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33717
Status Active

An introduction to polymer science with a focus on making polymers. Topics covered include the chemistry, kinetics, and statistics of step and chain polymerizations and copolymerizations, polymerization processes. Industrially relevant polymers and commercial polymerization processes will be highlighted, with coverage of the health and safety aspects of various approaches to the preparation of various polymers given.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 26.201 Polymer Materials I or 26.202 Polymeric Materials II and 84.204 Intro to Organic & Polymer Chemistry or 84.221 Organic Chemistry I.

26.382 Polymer Science for Engineers II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33718
Status Active

An introduction to polymer science with a focus on polymer properties and behavior. Topics covered include analytical techniques (chemical, thermal, and microstructural analysis of polymers, measurement of molecular weight distribution, etc.), as well as the underlying physical, rheological and solution properties that make these techniques possible. Recommended Pre-Req: 26.381 Polymer Science for Engineers I

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 26.201 Polymer Materials I or 26.202 Polymeric Materials II and 84.204 Intro to Organic & Polymer Chemistry or 84.221 Organic Chemistry I.

26.383 Polymer Science I Lab Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 34579
Status Active

Synthesis of polymers by step growth, condensation, suspension and free radical emulsion polymerization techniques. Fundamental concepts in polymerization kinetics and mechanism will be covered as well as structure-property considerations and polymerization with functional groups.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 84.204 Intro Organic & Polymer Chem or 84.221 Organic Chemistry I; Co-Req: 26.381 Polymer Science for Engineers I.

26.384 Polymer Science II Lab Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 34580
Status Active

Polymer characterization techniques including molecular weight distribution by gel permeation chromatography, crystallinity and order by differential scanning calorimetry; polymer morphology and surface properties, and spectroscopic (nuclear magnetic resonance, Raman, infrared) and mechanical (tensile, dynamic mechanical, rheological) techniques will also be covered. Recommended Pre-Reqs: 26.381 Polymer Science for Engineers I and 26.383 Polymer Science I Lab; Co-Req: 26.382 Polymer Science for Engineeers II.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 84.204 Intro to Organic and Polymer Chemistry or 84.221 Organic Chemistry I; Co-Req: 26.382 Polymer Sci for Engineers II.

26.403 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1260
Status Active

Topics covered in this course include linear viscoelasticity, creep, stress relaxation, dynamic behavior, hysteresis, stress-strain response phenomena, principles of time-temperature superposition, rubber elasticity, failure and fracture mechanisms for polymers, and the effect of additives on mechanical behavior. Real life design examples are used to demonstrate the topics and concepts as much as possible.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 26.211 Engineering Mechanics, 26.215 Plastics Process Engineering Lab I, 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Engineering Differential Equations.

26.404 Process Control Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4172
Status Active

Basic principles of control systems used with plastics processing equipment. Included are instrumentation, signal conditioning, data acquisition, feedback control, process monitoring, data reduction, and SPC/SQC.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations.

26.406 Polymer Structure, Properties and Applications Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4173
Status Active

The fundamental relationships between molecular structure, properties and end-use applications of plastics materials will be explored in detail. Molecular structural features include chemical composition, molecular size and flexibility, intermolecular order and bonding, and supermolecular structure. Properties include processability, mechanical, acoustic, thermal, electrical, optical and chemical properties, price, and balance of properties. Applications include rigid solids, flexible solids, foams, film and non-plastic applications.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 26.202 Polymeric Materials II.

26.409 Senior Research Plastics I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4175
Status Active

Individual research projects in plastics chemistry, properties, processing, products, and industry organization. Students will review the existing literature, obtain materials and equipment, plan and carry out research programs and submit final reports for publication.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 26.001 or 26.002 Plastics Safety Lecture.

26.410 Coop Assessment II Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 4176
Status Active

This seminar is designed to support and assist students in the continued assessment of their cooperative education experience. Through a deepening of their work in Co-op assessment 1, students well review their overall performance in the cooperative education program, while continuing to demonstrate their technical and professional skills through written work and public presentations to multiple audiences. It is expected that students will clearly define their future academic and career goals, enhance their professional networks, and develop a future plan to support their engineering aspirations.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req or Co-Req: 26.210; Pre-Req: 26.3CE or 26.4CE.

26.415 Capstone Project I Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 4181
Status Active

A two-semester capstone laboratory project course. Student groups design, perform, analyze, report, and defend a research project which incorporates the processing and characterization of plastics materials. Supporting practicums on literature searches, plastics processing, basic plastics testing techniques, and data analysis are included in the course.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 26.001 or 26.002 Plastics Safety Lecture; and Senior Status.

26.416 Capstone Project II Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 4182
Status Active

Continuation of 26.415.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 26.415 Capstone Project I; and Co-Req: 26.001 or 26.002 Plastics Safety Lecture. Senior Status.

26.417 Honors Capstone Project II Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 32560
Status Active

A section of capstone laboratory for honor students only. Honors student groups design, perform, analyze, report and defend a research project which incorporates the processing and characterization of plastics materials. Supporting practicum on literature searches, plastics processing, basic plastics testing techniques, and data analysis are included in the course.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 26.416 Capstone Project II; Honors only. Senior Status.

26.418 Product and Process Design Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4183
Status Active

Theoretical principles and sound engineering practice involved in the design of new end products made from polymers, applying the total systems approach to the balance between product design, choice of materials, tool design, and process techniques, as they affect competitive choices for commercial success. A semester project is required. Recommended Pre-Reqs: 26.373 Plastics Mold Engineering I and 26.378 Plastics Process Engineering II.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 26.211 Engineering Mechanics, 26.218 Introduction to Design.

26.450 Nanoscale Transport Phenomena for Manufacturing Nanodevices Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36698
Status Active

An interdisciplinary course taught by faculty from the Chemical, Mechanical and Plastics Engineering Departments, who have special knowledge in nanoscale fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The course on nanoscale transport phenomena constitutes a bridge between existing fluid and heat transfer courses in multiple disciplines and emerging nanoscale science and engineering concepts to reflect the forefront of nanomanufacturing. The course is designed to incorporate recent advances in manufacturing polymer based nanodevices. Key issues of the implementation and maintenance costs for fabrication will be addressed. Hands-on laboratory experiments will be performed to complement the lectures with the ultimate goal of designing and building a complete nanodevice at the end of the course. The course will prepare graduates for employment focused on designing and manufacturing nano/microfluidic systems, lab on ship devices, electronic devices, medical devices and other emerging technologies.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 26.314 Fluid Flow, 26.348 Heat Transfer, and 26.218 Intro to Design.