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Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

This study unit focuses on the advanced material technology competencies.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to characterise the viscoelastic behaviour of polymers. The student is able to evaluate the creep, relaxation and recovery behaviour of polymeric materials by selecting appropriate viscoelastic models. As an effective, the student is able to understand influence of temperature on the mechanical properties of polymers. In addition, using time-temperature superposition, the student is able to evaluate modulus of the materials at selected temperatures.

Course contents

Polymeric materials and their thermomechanical properties:
- amorphous solid state
- crystalline solid state
- Mechanical Properties
- Viscoelasticity/Maxwell model/
- Viscoelasticity/Kelvin/Voigt model/
- The Standard Linear Solid Models
- effect of temperature on mechanical properties.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Polymer Chemistry [PT-1-005],Linear algebra, Differential calculus, Integral calculus

Recommended or required reading

-Plastic Engineering, 3rd/4th edition/ R J Crawford
-The Mechanical Properties of Solid Polymers/ I M Ward & J Sweeney
-Thermal Analysis of Polymers/ J.D Menczel & P.B.Prime

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 20 hours
  • Small-group work - 25 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Supported virtual education

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Course assignments and final exam


Gebrehiwot Silas


Gebrehiwot Silas

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2019-04-01 - Exams
  • 2016-03-18 - Reports and productions

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