This course provides the student with an introduction to plastics processes and terminology. Topics covered include polymer chemistry, polymer processing, thermoplastics, properties of plastics, plastics manufacturing processes, manufacturing equipment, tooling and molds, and health, safety and business considerations in the commercial production of plastic products. Lecture: 4 credits (60 contact hours).
Provides an in-depth study of various plastics and important processing methods. Examines molecular structures and their effect on mechanical, chemical and physical properties. Includes commodity and engineering thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers, extrusion, injection, blow molding and thermoforming. Lecture: 4 credits (60 contact hours).