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Course Details
Instructor(s): N/A
Cost before August 17, 2014: S$1600
Cost after August 17, 2014: S$1850
AAIS Members, use up to 3 e-ATV's
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Date: September 18-19, 2014

A general overview of polymers will be presented.  Topics covered will include: (1) a historical perspective of polymers; (2) polymer formation, structure and strengthening mechanisms; (3) polymer chemistry and nomenclature; (4) polymer processing; (5) testing and characterization of polymers; and (6) failure analysis.  In addition, the class includes a hands-on laboratory workshop covering many polymer test materials.
Who Should Attend?
  • Metallurgists and Materials Engineers
  • Materials Engineering Managers
  • Anyone who works with nonmetallic materials from engineering to quality and purchasing
Suggested Pre-Requisite(s):
An understanding of metallic materials and/or an introductory materials science course would be beneficial to the student but not mandatory.
Learning Objectives:
Upon Completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Understand the fundamental differences between metallic and nonmetallic materials.
  • Learn the structure and properties of polymers.
  • Learn the common applications of polymers.
  • Understand the methods of processing polymers.
  • Gain knowledge on the methods used to test and characterize polymers.
  • Understand the manner in which polymers fail.
  • Gain insight into fracture of polymers and polymer matrix composites.
  • Learn the basics of failure analysis and fractography of polymers and polymer matrix composites.
Course Outline:
  • Introduction
  • Overview of Polymer Chemistry and Properties
  • Overview of Polymer Manufacturing Process
  • Overview of Specific Polymers
  • Testing and Characterization of Polymers
  • Failure Analysis of Polymers
  • Glass composition and Properties
  • Fracture of Brittle Materials
  • Observation of Stress in Glass
  • Fracture Analysis

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