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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Physics of Polymers - AM112016
Title: Physics of Polymers
Guaranteed by: Department of Polymers (112)
Faculty: Faculty of Chemical Technology
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:4
E-Credits: winter s.:4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Kuta Antonín doc. Ing. CSc.
Examination dates   Schedule   
This subject contains the following additional online materials
The subject deals with polymer molecular and supramolecular structure, network formation, free volume concept, glass transition, crystallization, linear and rubber elasticity, viscoelasticity, melt flow properties, yielding and fracture, miscibility and swelling of polymers, electrical properties, transport properties. Fundamental knowledge of differential and integral calculi, combinatorics, thermodynamics and chemical structure of basic polymers are required. Exemplars and tasks for homework will be given at lectures. The exam consists of written (imposition with similar tasks) and oral part.
Last update: Kuta Antonín (28.02.2018)

D: Strobl G.: The Physics of Polymers, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 2007, ISBN: 978-3-540-25278-8

D: Mills N.J.: Plastics. Microstructure and Engineering Applications. Third edition. Elsevier, Oxford, 2005. ISBN: 978-0-7506-5148-6

D: Ward I.M., Hadley D.W.: An Introduction to the Mechanical Properties of Solid Polymers. Xiley, Chichester 1998. ISBN: 0-471-93887-4

D: Mark J.E., Burak Erman B., Eirich F.R.: Science and Technology of Rubber. Third edition. Elsevier, New York, 2005. ISBN: 0-12-464789-3

Last update: Kuta Antonín (28.02.2018)
Syllabus -

1. Molecular structure, conformation, intermolecular forces, morphology of polymers.

2. Molar mass distribution, its effect on polymer properties.

3. Network formation, crosslinking theory, network structure.

4. Glass transition and free volume concept.

5. Thermodynamics and kinetics of crystallization.

6. Theory of rubber elasticity, its applications.

7. Viscoelasticity, models, Boltzmann superposition principle.

8. Transitions and polymer structure. time-temperature superposition.

9. Polymer melt flow properties � effects of shear rate, molar mass, temperature.

10. Mechanical properties. Introduction to fracture mechanics.

11. Miscibility and solubility of polymers. Swelling equilibrium. Phase separation.

12. Effects of anisotropy (orientation) on polymer properties. Polymer composites.

13. Electrical conductivity. Dielectric properties.

14. Diffusion of gases in polymer membranes. Heat capacity.

Last update: Kubová Petra (15.01.2018)
Course completion requirements

The student has to pass oral examination successfully to complete the subject. The assessment approval is required for the oral examination.

The approval is based on two written tests with total result of 60 % and more, or on closing test with 60 % and more.

Last update: Kuta Antonín (28.02.2018)
Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Účast na přednáškách 1 28
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 1 28
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 1.5 42
Účast na seminářích 0.5 14
4 / 4 112 / 112
Coursework assessment
Form Significance
Regular attendance 20
Continuous assessment of study performance and course -credit tests 40
Oral examination 40