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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Physics of Polymers - S112001
Title: Physics of Polymers
Guaranteed by: Department of Polymers (112)
Faculty: Faculty of Chemical Technology
Actual: from 2019 to 2021
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
Is provided by: AM112016
Guarantor: Kuta Antonín doc. Ing. CSc.
Examination dates   Schedule   
The subject deals with polymer molecular and supramolecular structure, polymer network formation, free volume concept, glass transition, crystallization, rubber elasticity, viscoelasticity, melt flow properties, fracture mechanics, solubility and compatibility, electrical properties, transport properties.
Last update: Kuta Antonín (22.02.2018)
Aim of the course

Students will be able to:

understand and describe fundamental physical properties of polymer materials;

select suitable polymer material(s) for the product/application.

Last update: Kuta Antonín (22.02.2018)

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

Mills N.J.: Plastics. Microstructure and Engineering Applications. Third edition. Elsevier, Oxford, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0-7506-5148-6.

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

Mark J.E., Burak Erman B., Eirich F.R.: Science and Technology of Rubber. Third edition. Elsevier, Oxford, 2005. ISBN: 0-12-464786-3.

Last update: Kuta Antonín (22.02.2018)
Learning resources

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

Lecture notes (available at the lecturer).

Last update: Kuta Antonín (22.02.2018)
Syllabus -

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

Molar mass distribution, its effect on polymer properties.

Network formation, crosslinking theory, network structure.

Glass transition and free volume concept.

Thermodynamics and kinetics of crystallization.

Theory of rubber elasticity, its applications.

Viscoelasticity, models, Boltzmann superposition principle.

Transitions and polymer structure. Time-temperature superposition.

Polymer melts flow properties - effects of shear rate, molar mass, temperature.

Mechanical properties. Introduction to fracture mechanics.

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

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

Electrical conductivity. Dielectric properties.

Diffusion of gases in polymer membranes. Heat capacity.

Last update: Kuta Antonín (22.02.2018)
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 60 % and more, or on closing test with 60 % and more.

Last update: Kuta Antonín (22.02.2018)
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