Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Life cycle engineering of polymers

MSE-430

Lecturer(s) :

Leterrier Yves

Language:

English

Summary

Students understand what life cycle engineering is and apply this methodology to adapt and improve the durability of polymer-based products. They understand how to recycle these materials and are able to perform an environmental assessment, based on several practical case studies.

Content

Introduction to life cycle engineering and sustainable development
- Resources, material intensity and durability

Durability of polymers
- Phenomenology of time-dependent polymer properties
- Aging and degradation of polymers
- Stabilization and protection of polymers
- Accelerated aging methods and long term property prediction
- Case study of an automotive component
- Non-destructive testing and health monitoring
- Self-repair polymers

Recycling of polymers
- Collection, identification and recycling methods
- Case study: closed-loop recycling of composites
- Group work: recycling of pharmaceutical packaging

Life cycle assessment and design
- Methods and examples
- Case study: natural fibers vs glass fibers reinforced composites
- Group work: life cycle engineering of an industrial component

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Polymers, structure and properties
Polymer processing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Ex-cathedra with group work

Expected student activities

- Participate to the course and to the case studies

- Realize a group project on a selected topic (for example, accelerated aging, material intensity of an automotive component, etc.)

Assessment methods

The examination is in the form of a group project, which is evaluated with a "1 slide" oral presentation in english in the class and a written report in english. The final grade is the average of the following 5 grades :

1. Quality of the report (spelling, quality of the figures)

2. Bibliography (relevance of the information; all sources MUST be cited!)

3. Case study (data quality and novelty)

4. Synthesis and conclusions of the project

5. Quality of the 1-slide presentation (clarity, content and timing)

Resources

Bibliography

Lundquist L., Leterrier Y., Sunderland P.W., Månson J.-A.E., `Life Cycle Engineering of Plastics. Technology, Economy and the Environment', Elsevier, Oxford (2000).

Ressources en bibliothèque
Notes/Handbook

A course 'polycopié' is available (latest edition 2013)

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In the programs

  • Materials Science and Engineering, 2017-2018, Master semester 1
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      During the semester
    • Credits
      2
    • Subject examined
      Life cycle engineering of polymers
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Materials Science and Engineering, 2017-2018, Master semester 3
    • Semester
      Fall
    • Exam form
      During the semester
    • Credits
      2
    • Subject examined
      Life cycle engineering of polymers
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

MoTuWeThFr
8-9
9-10
10-11MXG110
11-12
12-13
13-14
14-15
15-16
16-17
17-18
18-19
19-20
20-21
21-22
Lecture
Exercise, TP
Project, other

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