Processing of Polymers and Polymer Composites


Prof. Inderdeep Singh

IIT Roorkee

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The main objective of the current MOOC on Processing of Polymers and Polymer Composites course is to impart an understanding of the manufacturing science and engineering of polymers and polymer composites which is usually not covered at the UG level. The course deals with the study of the basic nature of different polymers and polymer composites and the manufacturing processes associated thereof. The classification of engineering materials and processing techniques, the structure and mechanical properties of plastics, thermoplastics and thermosets, the various processing techniques of polymers such as Extrusion, Injection molding, Thermoforming, Compression molding and Transfer molding have been explained with the relevant and specific examples. The fundamental concept and classification of composite materials, properties of composites and the primary as well as secondary processing methods of polymeric matrix composites have been explained in detail. The various issues, challenges and opportunities in primary and secondary processing of polymers and polymer composites has also been explained


UG/ PG Students of Mechanical Engineering., Production Engineering, Chemical Engineering., Polymer Science and Engineering Textile Technology, Working Professionals in plastics and related industries.It is a core course for UG/PG Students.


No-prerequisite, any student enrolled for a UG/PG degree in any discipline of mechanical engineering, production engineering, polymer technology, chemical engineering and chemistry can complete the course.


All industries where polymer and polymer composite products are being, designed, developed and used. Such as automobile, aerospace and defense.


Dr. Inderdeep Singh is currently working as Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He has taught among others, the industrial engineering courses such as Production Planning and Control, Product Design and Development, Work System Design, Industrial Management and Quality Management. He has been actively involved in the National Mission Project on Education Through ICT (NME-ICT) of Government of India. He has completed three video and one web course under the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). He has developed suitable pedagogical methods for two under-graduate courses of Mechanical Engineering.

Certification Process

1. Join the course
Learners may pay the applicable fees and enrol to a course on offer in the portal and get access to all of its contents including assignments. Validity of enrolment, which includes access to the videos and other learning material and attempting the assignments, will be mentioned on the course. Learner has to complete the assignments and get the minimum required marks to be eligible for the certification exam within this period.

COURSE ENROLMENT FEE: The Fee for Enrolment is Rs. 2000 + GST

2. Watch Videos+Submit Assignments
After enrolling, learners can watch lectures and learn and follow it up with attempting/answering the assignments given.

3. Get qualified to register for exams
A learner can earn a certificate in the self paced course only by appearing for the online remote proctored exam and to register for this, the learner should get minimum required marks in the assignments as given below:

Assignment score = Score more than 50% in at least 6/8 assignments.
Exam score = 50% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.”

4. Register for exams
The certification exam is conducted online with remote proctoring. Once a learner has become eligible to register for the certification exam, they can choose a slot convenient to them from what is available and pay the exam fee. Schedule of available slot dates/timings for these remote-proctored online examinations will be published and made available to the learners.

EXAM FEE: The remote proctoring exam is optional for a fee of Rs.1500 + GST. An additional fee of Rs.1500 will apply for a non-standard time slot.

5. Results and Certification
After the exam, based on the certification criteria of the course, results will be declared and learners will be notified of the same. A link to download the e-certificate will be shared with learners who pass the certification exam.


Course Details

Week 1:  Introduction to course, Engineering materials and processing techniques, Thermoplastics and thermosets, Processing of polymers, Thermoforming process.
Week 2:  Extrusion, Compression molding, Injection molding.
Week 3:  Transfer molding, Rotational molding, Blow molding, Composite materials: basic concepts, Classification of composite materials.
Week 4:  Processing of polymer composites, Hand-layup, Spray-layup, Compression molding Injection molding.
Week 5:  Reaction injection molding, Autoclaving, Resin transfer molding, Filament winding, Pultrusion.
Week 6:  Sheet molding, Pre-pegging and challenges in primary processing of composites, Secondary processing of polymer composites, Joining of polymer composites, Adhesive joining.
Week 7:  Mechanical joining, Microwave joining, Induction and resistance welding, Drilling of polymer composites.
Week 8:  Conventional vs ultrasonic drilling, Remedies for reducing drilling induce damages, Research tools for secondary processing, Numerical problems and case studies.

Books and References

1. Plastic Materials and Processing : A. Brent Strong, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-021626-7
2. Composite Materials: Engineering and Science: F.L. Mathews and R.D. Rawlings, CRC press, 084930251X
3. Handbook of Composites: S.T. Peters, ISBN 978-1-4615-6389-1.


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