2019 Processing of Organic Materials A

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Morikawa Junko 
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Course description and aims

The basis of polymer processing is reviewed in relation with the viscoelastic properties in order to understand the physical properties of organic and polymeric materials. The numerical calculation is practiced in the course.
The purpose of this course is to provide junior students, who are interested in Materials Science and Engineering,Tokyo institute of Technology, with the principles and tools of rehology based on a linear response theory for the molecular dynamics with Boltzmann’s superposition principle and the time-temperature superposition law. Using useful software MATLAB, the students are also introduced to the computational tools for dynamical systems.

Student learning outcomes

I. Based on the thermodynamics, methodology, rheology, and thermal engineering, the basis of polymers and materials processing is studied.
II. Viscosity, elasticity, viscoelasticity, complex notation, time-temperature superposition principle, and linear response theory are studied.
III. Processing of advanced materials is reviewed in relation with the measuring methods and methodology.
IV. Mechanical modeling and the numerical calculation.


Rheology, polymer processing, viscoelasticity, time-temperature superposition principle, linear response theory, Matlab

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 General remarks on rheology Understand the general concept of rheology.
Class 2 Elasticity and viscosity; definition of properties Understand the elasticity, viscosity, and the definitions of properties.
Class 3 Elasticity and viscosity; methods and structural viscosity Understand the viscoelasticity and structural viscosity.
Class 4 Mechanical model of static viscoelastic properties Understand the static viscoelasticity.
Class 5 Mechanical model of dynamic viscoelastic properties Understand the dynamic viscoelasticity.
Class 6 Numerical calculation of dynamic viscoelasticity Learn the dynamic viscoelasticity with a practice of numerical calculations.
Class 7 Boltzmann’s superposition principle Understand the Boltzmann’s superposition principle.
Class 8 Relaxation and retardation spectra Understand the relaxation and retardation spectra.


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's course scores are based on weekly short quiz and term-end exams.

Related courses

  • MAT.A206 : Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Materials
  • MAT.P325 : Processing of Organic Materials B

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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