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Material Science II: Polymers

Course: Material Science II: Polymers

This course is part of the joint mechanical engineering bachelor programme in co-operation with the university of Amsterdam (BSc ME VU-UT). It takes place in the first block of the 3rd semester, contains several lectures (each 1.5 h), tutorials and a written exam at the end of the block.

Basic topics covered:

  • Polymers: Thermoplastics, Thermosets and Elastomers
  • Crosslinks and Entanglements
  • Chain configuration, length and regularity
  • Inter- and intramolecular interactions
  • Glass and Melt transition temperature
  • Molecular weight distribution
  • Crystallization
  • Viscosity & Viscoelasticity
  • Vulcanization
  • Entropy elasticity
  • Boltzmann and Time-temperature superposition
  • Yield stress
  • Strain softening and strain hardening
  • Compound formulation and mixing process

Examination: Written Exam at the end of the course block

Semester: SEM3 – 1A – Block 1

ECTS-credits: 2

Prior knowledge:

·         SEM1: Material Science I: Metals & Alloys

·         SEM1: Manufacturing I


Contact person(s) and lecturer(s):

· M. van Drongelen

·         dr. F. Grunert (

Language of instruction: English

Participating programme: BSc ME VU-UT