Polymeric Materials II


Sol-gel transition. Rubber vulcanization. Elasticity of the rubber.
Viscoelasticity: viscoelastic models, master curves, time-temperature overlap principle, WLF equation, Boltzmann superposition principle.

Brief reference to the mechanical properties of polymer matrix composites.
Main commercial polymers. Additives. Properties and applications.
General information on polymer processing. Polymers and environment. The evolution of polymer materials, natural polymers, opportunities, and challenges.