Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Successful completion of Level 2 Physics/Astrophysics undergraduate programme
The application of physics and physical techniques to develop an understanding of structure property relationships in polymer materials. Topics covered in this module are: Structure of polymers, orientation, crystallinity and correlation between the structure and mechanical properties. In addition, details of the experimental and analytical techniques (wide and small angle x-ray scattering) used to investigate polymer crystallinity and orientation will be covered.
This module aims to develop an understanding of structure property relationships in polymer materials and the application of physical techniques to investigate the macrostructure, microstructure and mechanical properties of polymer materials.
Intended Learning Outcomes
1. The structure of polymer molecules and the application of physical characterisation techniques. [1,2]2. Crystallinity and molecular orientation in polymer materials; application of physical techniques to determine the crystallinity and molecular orientation in polymer materials. [1,2]3. Macrostructure in polymer materials; application of small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques to probe macrostructure in polymer materials. [1,2]4. Microstructure in polymer materials; application of wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) techniques to probe microstructure in polymer materials. [1,2]5. Mechanical properties of polymer materials and their yield behaviour. [1,2]
24 hours lectures, 20 hours work on problems sheets, 98 hours directed reading/private study, 6 hours tutorials, 2 hours examination
1: Exercise weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
4 PROBLEM SHEETSFour problem sheets, weighted at 20%2: Unseen Exam weighted 80%
UNSEEN EXAMStudents should answer 3 questions out of 5.