Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Successful completion of FHEQ Level 5 Physics/Astrophysics undergraduate programme
This module will explore the relationship between structure and property in natural polymer materials (e.g., DNA, rubber, cellulose) and synthetic polymer materials used in industrial and pharmaceutical applications (e.g., PVC, nylon, chocolate, and many medicines) using various experimental, computational and analytical techniques. Further, structural development in polymer materials during the industrial processing polymer materials will be explored using time-resolved x-ray diffraction techniques with few milliseconds resolution.
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
Explain and discuss the structure of polymer molecules and the application of physical characterisation techniques: 1,2Explain and discuss crystallinity and molecular orientation in polymer materials; application of physical techniques to determine the crystallinity and molecular orientation in polymer materials: 1,2Explain and discuss macrostructure in polymer materials; application of small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques to probe macrostructure in polymer materials: 1,2Explain and discuss application of wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) techniques to probe microstructure in polymer materials: 1,2Explain and discuss mechanical properties of polymer materials and their yield behaviour: 1,2
Active learning hours:24 hours lectures6 hours tutorialsIndependent study:20 hours of work on problems sheets98 hours directed reading/private study, 2 hour examination
1: Problem Sheets weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
4 PROBLEM SHEETSFour problem sheets which includes analytical, computational and numerical problems from the module content.2: Unseen Exam weighted 80%
Unseen Examination2-hour unseen exam - students should answer 3 questions out of 5.