2018 Advanced Polymer Processing

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Takeda Toshiro  Sakakida Hiroshi 
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Course description and aims

This course gives students a historical overview of polymer chemistry and industry, and how social trends, changing needs, and technological progress in other industries have advanced molding manufacturing technologies for polymer materials, as well as the newest R&D examples.

The instructor explains leading molding manufacturing technologies and examples of required property analysis technology and manufacturing technology development, lending students an understanding of manufacturing principles and the reality of manufacturing work sites, with the goal of training engineers that know developmental methodology.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. explain the outline of the various theories of polymer molding manufacturing technologies.
2. explain the current circumstances of R&D for polymer manufacturing.
2. explain basic R&D know-how that every polymer engineer should know.


polymer processing, phenolic plastic, thermosetting plastic, biomaterials, photosensitive polymers, rubber, tire, characterization methods for material properties

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Two industrial research engineers with many years of experience in polymer materials development are the instructors for this course. Instructors lecture not only on the history of polymer manufacturing technology and development, but also on know-how for material design, and even how to think like an engineer. Once the guided part is complete, report problems related to manufacturing technology, company initiatives, and product development know-how will be laid out.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Lecturer A: Outline of polymer processing and processing of phenolic plastics Explain the historical progress of polymer processing and outline the processing of phenolic plastics.
Class 2 Lecturer A: Outline of thermosetting plastics Outline the thermosetting polymer processing.
Class 3 Lecturer A: Outline of functional polymer processing Outline functional polymer processing.
Class 4 Lecturer A: Outline of biomaterial design and development Outline the design and development know-how of biomaterials.
Class 5 Lecturer A: Outline of photosensitive polymers Outline the photosensitive polymers.
Class 6 Lecturer B: Rubber science - fundamentals - Outline scientific aspects of rubber.
Class 7 Lecturer B: Technologies on rubber materials Explain the processing and characterization methods for rubber materials.
Class 8 Lecturer B: Application of rubber materials Outline problems and future aspects of rubber material development.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference notes will be presented via OCW-i before the respective classes.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are evaluated based on how well each report solves the problem posed, and the final grade is determined by the average of the two grades.

Related courses

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

None required.

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