SE251B / MATS 261B – mechanical Behaviors
Polymers and composites
Instructor: Prof. Yu Qiao
Office: SME 442G | Phone: 858-534-3388 | Email: email@example.com
Course Information: http://mmrl.ucsd.edu/Courses/SE251B
Class: TuTh 12:30pm–1:50pm, WLH 2111
Suggested Reading Materials
P. J. Flory. Polymer Chemistry. Cornell Univ Press, 1953
M. F. Ashby, D. R. H. Jones. Engineering Materials II. Butterworth, 1998
D. A. Askeland, P. P. Phule. Essentials of Materials Science and Engineering. Thomson, 2004
G. W. Ehrenstein. Polymer Materials. Hanser, 2001
E. Miller. Introduction to Plastics and Composites. Dekker, 1996
D. Roylance. Engineering Viscoelasticity. MIT, 2001.
subject is focused on the mechanical behaviors of polymers and polymer-matrix composites,
covering phenomenological description in context of viscoelastic continuum
mechanics as well as molecular mechanisms. Topics include general introduction
to composites, viscoelasticity, spring-dashpot models, glass transition, rubber
elasticity, micromechanisms of crazing and shear banding, ultimate properties
of polymers, reinforced polymers, joints and adhesion, etc. This introductory
graduate-level course is intended for students from all the departments in the
Handout 1: Introduction to Composites
Handout 2: Overview of Polymers
Handout 3: A Brief Introduction to Thermodynamics
Handout 4: Polymer Families
Grading: Class Participation (10%) + Midterm Exam (45%) + Term Project (45%)
Each student will choose a topic closely related to this course. A technical report will be finished by the end of the quarter. By the end of the 8th week, each student should have chosen the topic and received the approval from the instructor. The final report should be emailed to the instructor as a single pdf file, before 11:59pm on Friday in the last week of lectures (not the Finals week).
Sample topics: Mechanical properties of photovoltaic polymers; Mechanical properties of electrically conductive polymers; Mechanical properties of 3D-printed polymer parts; High-temperature thermosets; High-temperature thermoplastics; Behaviors of unsaturated polyesters in seawater; etc.
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