Polymer Engineering: Processing and Applications (MAT 402)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
Özge Akbulut ozgeakbulut@sabanciuniv.edu,
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Properties of commercial polymers: hydrocarbon plastics and elastomers, other carbon-chain polymers, heterochain thermoplastics, thermosetting resins. Reinforced polymers, the mechanics of fibre reinforcement. Polymer forming: flow properties of polymer melts, cooling and solidification, extrusion, injection, blow, compression and transfer molding, thermoforming. Design: materials selection, designing for manufacture and stiffness.


Building on a background of the relationships between polymer properties and their selection, specification and use in engineering applications, ensure a solid understanding of polymer processing methods and machinery and how these affect the properties of the final product.


  • Describe how polymers are processed in industry
  • Describe how processing affects internal microstructure and thus polymer properties
  • Use this understanding in the design of commercial processes for manufacture of items made from polymers
  • Apply principles of polymer processing and polymer microstructure to define the properties and functionality of commercial items made from polymers
  • Specify suitable manufacturing processes for a range of commercial items
  • Use theory in the design of polymer products and manufacturing processes
  • Apply analytical skills to commercial item design and manufacture


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 1

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 1

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 5

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 5

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 5

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 5

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 5

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 5

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 5

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 5

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 5

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 5

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 5


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 25
Assignment 25
Group Project 20



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