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Unit 1

Structure of polymers – thermoplastic, thermoset, rubber – Linear, branched, crosslinked, and network polymers – polymerization types – addition, condensation, mechanism, methods – bulk, solution, suspension and emulsion – crystalline, amorphous, orientation – molecular weight – intermolecular forces, solubility parameter- glass transition temperature.

Unit 2

Manufacturing, mechanical, thermal, electrical and chemical properties and applications of commodity plastics – PE, PP, PVC, PS, Engineering plastics – ABS, PC, PMMA, polyamide, polyacetal, PET, PBT, PTFE, High performance polymer – PES, PEI, PEEK, conducting polymer.

Unit 3

Thermoset materials – PF, UF, MF, epoxy and unsaturated polyester resin, Rubber – natural rubber, synthetic rubber – SBR, PB, nitrile, chloroprene, butyl, silicone – compounding and additives.

Text Books

  1. J. A. Brydson, “Plastics Materials” Butterworth-Heinemann – Oxford, 7th Ed., London, 1999
  2. Maurice Morton, “Rubber Technology”, 3rd Ed, Kluwer Academic Pub, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 1999
  3. ManasChanda and Salil K. Roy, “Plastics Technology Handbook”, CRC Press, Atlanta, 2007


  • D. W. Van Krevelena and P.J. Hoftyzen, “Properties of Polymer”, 3rd Edition Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company Amsterdam – Oxford – Newyork. 1990.
  • Jozef Bicerano, “Prediction of Polymer Properties”, Second Edition, Marcel Dekker Inc. New York,1995.

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