D130 - Polymer Degradation and Stabilization

Course specification
Course titlePolymer Degradation and Stabilization
Study programme
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
    Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
      ConditionnoneОблик условљености
      The goalStudents are trained to independently assess the complexity and correlations of parameters affecting the degradation of polymer materials and to recognize the conditions under which degradation may occur and reccomend ways of avoiding degradation. Students adopt knowledge that wil enable them to analyze and resolve complex problems related to determining polymer material life-cycles.
      The outcomeStudents are enabled to independently conduct investigations on the basis of which they can follow degradative changes in polymer materials. Students are trained to work in a team and to adequately present the results of their investigations.
      Contents of lecturesThe course covers all aspects of the degradation of polymer materials (thermal, mechanical, chemical, photolysis, radiolysis and biological), mechanisms and kinetics, as well as means of stabilizing the material. Examples of commonly used polymer materials (polyolefins, poly(vinyl chloride), polystyrene, poly(methyl methacrylate), polyamides, poly(ethylene terephthalate) and others) are discussed, as are the influence of additives on polymer degradation and possibilities of designing polymer materials with desired stability.
      Contents of exercises
      1. Wolfram Schnabel, Polymer Degradation - Principles and Applications, Hanser International, Berlin, 1981
      2. Norman Grassie, Gerald Scott, Polymer Degradation and Stabilisation, Cambridge University Press, 1985
      3. C.F. Cullis, M.M. Hirschler, The Combustion of Organic Polymers, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1981
      4. J. Troitzch, Ed., International Plastics Flammability Handbook, Hanser, München, 1990
      Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
      LecturesExercisesOTCStudy and ResearchOther classes
      Methods of teachingThe course consists of lectures and a research paper.
      Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
      Pre obligationsPointsFinal examPoints
      Activites during lecturesTest paper
      Practical lessonsOral examination70