Jul 05, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
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ME 424 - Engineering with Plastics

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course provides students with knowledge of polymers that are commonly used and of how the physical and mechanical properties of these materials influence their selection. Also, the relation between fabrication processes and material selections in design is presented. (prereq: ME 321  or equivalent)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Know fundamentals of redesigning a metal part using a polymer
  • Know the fundamental mechanical properties of polymers
  • Interpret resin manufacturer’s data sheets
  • Analyze components and structures fabricated from polymers from a mechanical design viewpoint
  • Predict the mechanical performance of parts fabricated from polymers and composites
  • Select the most desirable manufacturing process and a suitable polymer for producing a given component
  • Be familiar with ASTM test standards

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Mechanical & physical properties of materials
  • Basic mechanics of materials

Course Topics
  • Classification and description of polymers
  • Properties of polymers
  • Processing of polymers
  • Polymer design criteria and considerations
  • Applications of polymers (such as creep, wear, friction, damping, etc.)
  • Fiber-reinforced composites, macroscopic composites
  • Structural and component analysis

Coordinator
Dr. Cynthia Barnicki



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