Plastics Engineering

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PLAS.0010 Plastics Safety Lecture (Formerly 26.001) Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 004147

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: PLAS 2150 or PLAS 3150 or 26415 or PLAS 4160 or PLAS 5740

PLAS.0020 Plastics Safety Lecture (Formerly 26.002) Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 004148

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: PLAS 2160 or PLAS 3160 or PLAS 4150 or PLAS 4160 or PLAS 5720.

PLAS.1070 Introduction to Plastics Engineering (Formerly 25.107/26.107) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 039473

This course is designed to teach basic principles of technical drawing, fundamentals of design, fundamentals of computer aided design (CAD), dimensioning and tolerances. Basic concepts of manufacturing, rapid prototyping and 3D printing 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.

PLAS.2010 Polymer Materials I (Formerly 26.201) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 001258

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: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I.

PLAS.2020 Polymer Materials II (Formerly 26.202) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004149

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: CHEM 1210Chemistry I.

PLAS.2100 Professional Development Seminar (Formerly 26.210) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 033446

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.

PLAS.2110 Engineering Mechanics (Formerly 26.211) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004153

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 PHYS 1410 Physics I.

PLAS.2120 Dynamics (Formerly 26.212) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 004154

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 PHYS 1410 Physics I.

PLAS.2150 Plastics Processing Engineering Laboratory I (Formerly 26.215) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 004155

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: PLAS 2010 Polymer Materials I, Co-Req: PLAS 0010 Plastics Safety Lecture.

PLAS.2160 Plastics Process Engineering Laboratory II (Formerly 26.216) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 004156

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: PLAS.0020 Plastics Safety Lecture.

PLAS.2180 Introduction to Design (Formerly 26.218) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 004157

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.

PLAS.2470 Thermodynamics (Formerly 26.247) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004159

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: MATH 1320 Calculus II and PHYS 1410 Physics I.

PLAS.3060 Methods of Experimental Analysis (Formerly 26.306) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004163

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.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: MATH 1320 Calculus II.

PLAS.3100 Co-op Assessment I (Formerly 26.310) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 035650

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: PLAS 2100 Professional Development Seminar; and Pre/Co-Req: ENGN 3CE Cooperative Education.

PLAS.3140 Fluid Flow (Formerly 26.314) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004164

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: MATH 1320 Calculus II.

PLAS.3150 Plastics Process Laboratory III (Formerly 26.315) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 004165

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: PLAS 2150 or PLAS 2160 Plastics Processing Eng Lab I/II, PLAS 2010 or PLAS 2020 Polymeric Materials I/II; Co-Req: PLAS 0010 Plastics Safety Lecture.

PLAS.3160 Plastics Process Engineering Laboratory IV (Formerly 26.316) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 004166

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-Req: PLAS 2150 or PLAS 2160 Plastics Processing Eng Lab I/II, PLAS 2010 or PLAS 2020 Polymeric Materials I/II; Co-Req: PLAS 0020 Plastics Safety Lecture.

PLAS.3480 Heat Transfer (Formerly 26.348) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004168

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/Co-Req: MATH 2310 Calculus III; MATH 2340 Differential Equations or MATH 2360 Eng Differential Equations.

PLAS.3730 Mold Engineering (Formerly 26.373) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004169

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. (26.314 recommended pre-requisite)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: PLAS 2180 Intro to Design or PLAS.1070 Introduction to Plastics Engineering; Pre-Req or Co-Reqs: PLAS 3480 Heat Transfer. (PLAS.3140 recommended pre-requisite).

PLAS.3770 Plastics Process Engineering I (Formerly 26.377/577) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 001256

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: PLAS 2010 Polymer Materials I or PLAS 2020 Polymer Materials II. Pre-Req or Co-Req: PLAS 3140 Fluid Flow.

PLAS.3780 Plastics Process Engineering II (Formerly 26.378) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004171

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: PLAS 2010 Polymer Materials I or PLAS 2020 Polymer Materials II.

PLAS.3810 Polymer Science for Engineers I (Formerly 26.381) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 033717

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: PLAS 2010 Polymer Materials I or PLAS 2020 Polymeric Materials II and CHEM 2040 Intro to Organic & Polymer Chemistry or CHEM 2210 Organic Chemistry I.

PLAS.3820 Polymer Science for Engineers II (Formerly 26.382) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 033718

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: PLAS 2010 Polymer Materials I or PLAS 2020 Polymeric Materials II and CHEM 2040 Intro to Organic & Polymer Chemistry or CHEM 2210 Organic Chemistry I.

PLAS.3830 Polymer Science I Lab (Formerly 26.383) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 034579

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: CHEM 2040 Intro Organic & Polymer Chem or CHEM 2210 Organic Chemistry I; Co-Req: PLAS 3810 Polymer Science for Engineers I.

PLAS.3840 Polymer Science II Lab (Formerly 26.384) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 034580

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: CHEM 2040 Intro to Organic and Polymer Chemistry or CHEM 2210 Organic Chemistry I; Co-Req: PLAS 3820 Polymer Sci for Engineers II.

PLAS.3CE Co-op Experience (Formerly 26.3CE) Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 037157

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.

PLAS.3CO-OP Plastics Engineering Curricular Practical Training (CPT) (Formerly 26.3CO-OP) Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 039515

Plastics Engineering Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

PLAS.4030 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers (Formerly 26.403/503) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 001260

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: MECH.2110 Engin. Mechanics, PLAS.2150 Plastics Process Engin. Lab I, MATH.2340 Differential Equations or MATH.2360 Engin. Differential Equations.

PLAS.4040 Process Control (Formerly 26.404) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004172

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: MATH 2340 Differential Equations or MATH 2360 Eng Differential Equations.

PLAS.4060 Polymer Structure, Properties and Applications (Formerly 26.406) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004173

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.

PLAS.4090 Senior Research Plastics I (Formerly 26.409) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004175

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: PLAS 0010 or PLAS 0020 Plastics Safety Lecture.

PLAS.4100 Coop Assessment II (Formerly 26.410) Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 004176

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: PLAS 2100; Pre-Req: PLAS 3CE or PLAS 4CE.

PLAS.4150 Capstone Project I (Formerly 26.415) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 004181

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: PLAS 0010 or PLAS 0020 Plastics Safety Lecture; and Senior Status.

PLAS.4160 Capstone Project II (Formerly 26.416) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 004182

Continuation of 26.415.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: PLAS 4150 Capstone Project I; and Co-Req: PLAS 0010 or PLAS 0020 Plastics Safety Lecture. Senior Status.

PLAS.4170 Honors Capstone Project II (Formerly 26.417) Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 032560

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.

PLAS.4180 Product and Process Design (Formerly 26.418) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 004183

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-req: PLAS.2110 Engineering Mechanics, and PLAS.2180 Introduction to Design or PLAS.1070 introduction to Plastics Engineering. Recommended Pre-reqs: PLAS.3730 and PLAS.3780.

PLAS.4500 Nanoscale Trans. Phenomena for Manuf. Nanodevices (Formerly 10/22/26.450) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 036698

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.

PLAS.4ACE Cooperative Education Experience (Formerly 26.4ACE) Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 038650

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: PLAS 2100 Professional Developement Seminar, and PLAS 3CE Cooperative Education Experience I, and PLAS 4CE Cooperative Education Experience II.

PLAS.4CE Co-op Experience (Formerly 26.4CE) Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 037824

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. PLAS 3CE; Pre-req. or Co-req. PLAS 2100