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 ( Master of Science in Polymer Engineering ( Thesis Option

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Program Tracks: Not Applicable

Program Structure:

24 Credit hours and a thesis are required:

Number & Type of Courses Credit Hours
5 Core Courses 15
3 Elective Courses 9
Thesis  
 Total 24
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                                          Courses

                                              1. Core Courses:

Course Code Course title
CHE 511 Advanced transport phenomena 1
CHE 561 Fundamentals of Polymer Engineering
CHE 562 Polymer Reaction Engineering
CHE 563 Polymer Properties and Rheology
CHE 564 Polymer Processing

                                              2. Elective Courses:

Course Code Course title
CHE 502 Advanced reaction engineering
CHE 565 Polymer Characterization and Synthesis Laboratory
CHE 566 Polymers Degradation
CHE 567 Micromechanics
CHE 568 Polymer Surfaces and Adsorption
CHE 569 Advanced topics in Polymer Engineering
CHE 570 Modeling and Simulation in Polymer Synthesis and Processing
CHE 571 Non Newtonian Flow and heat transfer in Polymers
MATH 506 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
CHEM 581 Polymer Solutions

                                              Program Schedule

First Semester
Course Code Course title Credit hours
CHE 511 Advanced transport phenomena 1 3
CHE 561 Fundamentals of Polymer Engineering 3
CHE 563 Polymer Properties and Rheology 3
Total 9

 

Second Semester
Course Code Course title Credit hours
CHE 562 Polymer Reaction Engineering 3
CHE 564 Polymer Processing 3
xxx Elective course selected by the department from elective courses list 3
Total 9

 

Third Semester
Course Code Course title Credit hours
xxx Elective course selected by the department from elective courses list 3
xxx Course selected by the department from elective courses list 3
Total 6

 

Fourth Semester
Course Code Course title Credit hours
CHE 600 Thesis  
Total --

 

                                                                                                                Courses Description

CHE 511 Advanced Transport Phenomena 1 3(3+0)

Transport in laminar flow, transport in turbulent flow, transport between two phases, transport by radiation, transport in large flow systems.

 

CHE 502 Advanced Reaction Engineering 3(3+0)

Internal and external resistances in catalyst particles. Fixed bed reactor under isothermal and non-isothermal conditions. Fluidized bed reactor under isothermal and non-isothermal conditions. Multiphase reactors. Polymerization reactors, multiplicity of steady state.

 

CHE 561 Fundamentals of Polymer Engineering 3(3+0)

Physical and mathematical principles required to understand and solve engineering problems encountered with polymeric materials. Fundamentals of polymerization and polymer synthesis. Details of polymerization mechanisms, structure-property relationships, fundamentals of processing, and characterization of high polymers. Overview of different polymers processing techniques commonly used in the Kingdom.

 

CHE 562 Polymer Reaction Engineering 3(3+0)

Engineering principles applied to the analysis and design of polymerization processes. Mathematical modeling of polymerization kinetics, ideal polymerization reactors, heat and mass transfer, reactor dynamics and optimization, mixing effects. Case studies of important industrial processes.

 

CHE 563 Polymer Properties and Rheology 3(3+0)

Overview of polymer chemical composition, microstructure, thermal and mechanical properties, rheology, and principles of polymer materials selection. Description of the physical, thermal, mechanical, and rheological properties of polymeric materials relevant to their processing behavior. Techniques for predicting the engineering and physical properties of polymers from their molecular structures. Definition and measurement of the material functions of complex fluids, continuum mechanics of stress and deformation, constitutive equations derived from both continuum and molecular theories.

 

CHE 564 Polymer Processing 3(3+0)

Review of the basic transport phenomena equations: mass, momentum, and energy. Analysis of various processing operations for the manufacture of polymeric articles, with particular emphasis on: extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, thermoforming, compression molding, and stretch blow. Discussion of plastics recycling issues. Effects of additives on polymer processing.

 

CHE 565 Polymer Characterization and Synthesis Laboratory 3(1+2)

Characterization of polymers , including spectroscopic (Raman, infrared), mechanical (tensile, dynamic mechanical, rheological), microscopic (electron microscopy), physiochemical (intrinsic viscosity, differential scanning, calorimetry, gel permeation chromatography) and scattering (light, x-rays). Preparation of the most important types of polymers. Radical, cationic, anionic polymerization, copolymerization, Ziegler-Natta polymerization, step growth polymerization; suspension and emulsion polymerization; group transfer polymerization; metathesis polymerization. Additional polymer characterization and synthesis methods.

 

CHE 566 Polymers Degradation 3(3+0)

Thermal, chemical and photo stability of polymers, swelling & dissolution. Chain scission and bond rupture by oxygen, ozone, and other oxidizing substances. Thermal degradation at elevated temperature. Radiation damage caused by, electron beams, x-rays, UV, and others, weathering of polymers on exposure to outdoor conditions. Polymers degradation prevention & control.

 

CHE 567 Micromechanics 3(3+0)

Effects of microstructure on the mechanics of polymeric media: deformation modes, yield, rubber toughening, alloys and blends, fatigue and fracture of highly filled systems. Effect of fillers and strengthening additives on micromechanics of polymers.

 

CHE 568 Polymer Surfaces and Adsorption 3(3+0)

Discussion of theoretical and experimental methods providing insight into polymer interfacial phenomena. Theoretical: surface dynamics, Gibbs isotherm, gradient-squares. Experimental: infra-red rays, spectroscopic methods and contact angles etc..

 

CHE 569 Advanced Topics in Polymer Engineering 3(3+0)

The advanced subjects in polymer engineering related to the current needs.

 

CHE 570 Modeling and Simulation in Polymer Synthesis and Processing 3(3+0)

Modelling techniques used in commercial software in the polymer synthesis and processing industry, developing simulation tools for specialized polymer applications. Different numerical methods to simulate flow, heat transfer and structural development in polymer synthesis and processing operations.

 

CHE 571 Non Newtonian Flow and Heat Transfer in Polymers 3(3+0)

Introduction to non-Newtonian behaviour in polymers, laminar flow for polymers, laminar heat transfer in polymers, turbulent heat transfer in polymers, mixing and heat transfer, heat transfer in polymer processing, viscoelastic fluids.

 

MATH 506 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations 3(3+0)

Initial and boundary values problems for ordinary differential equations. Numerical solutions, elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic partial differential equations. Initial and boundary problems for second order partial differential equations.

 

CHEM 581 Polymer Solutions 3(2+1)

Study of polymer solutions, their thermodynamics properties e.g. vapor pressure, osmotic pressure, swelling pressure, thermodynamics criterion of solubility, entropy of mixing and internal energy. The thermodynamic of high elastic and glassy polymer solutions. Thermodynamics of copolymer solution with emphasis on various applications. Practical measurements of some thermodynamic properties of polymer solutions.