Polymer Process Engineering

By Prof. Shishir Sinha   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 588   |  Exam registration: 101
This course provide a generalized understanding to the polymer process engineering. First, a brief introduction about several polymers, their classification, and characterization techniques is provided. Then, the deep insight on the thermodynamic, rheological, heat and mass transfer, as well as reaction engineering perspective of the polymers is explained. Finally, the student will get to learn about the polymer processing, preparation processes, and industrial testing methods. To better understand the engineering perspective, the application of polymers in electronic sectors and building engineering is also discussed with examples.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Diploma and undergraduate students from chemical, polymer, and plastic engineering, industry personals from polymer backround

PREREQUISITES: Basics of physics and chemistry, understanding of polymerization processes, engineering mathematics

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Electronics, building materials, polymer and plastic industries, rubber industries, mixed textile industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jul 2023
End Date : 13 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 07 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 18 Aug 2023
Exam Date : 28 Oct 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to polymers, physical characteristics, and representation
Week 2: Thermodynamics of polymer system (governing laws, Pressure-volume-temperature relationships, equation of states, calorific values and free energy, thermodynamic properties)
Week 3: applied polymer rheology (fluid flow characteristics, governing equations, applied rheology, flow rate and pressure drop)
Week 4: heat transfer phenomenon in polymers (thermal properties, conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer, Nusselt-Greatz relationship, and thermodynamics in different systems)
Week 5: mass transfer phenomenon in polymers (diffusion and diffusivity, solubilities of gases in molten and soft polymers,)
Week 6: chemical reaction engineering in polymers (condensation polymerization, addition polymerization, copolymerization)
Week 7: polymer preparation processes (extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, fiber spinning, calendering, etc.)
Week 8: Polymer testing (testing perspective, quality assurance, standardization, sample preparation, conditioning, mass, density, and dimensional analysis, processibility test, strength and stiffness, fatigue and wear, time dependence, environment and temperature effects)
Week 9: Polymer testing (physical properties test, testing of rubber, plastics, cellular materials, composites, textile polymers, fabrics, dynamic analysis, friction, electrical, optical, and fire analysis, etc.)
Week 10: polymers in electronics and their processing (epoxies, silicones, phenolics, fluorocarbons, polyxylylenes)
Week 11: polymers in electronics and their processing (polyester, polyvinyls, polystyrenes, functions of coating, manufacturing, circuit coating, wire coating, other coatings)
Week 12: polymers in building materials and their processing (Introduction, cement composites, latex modified, epoxy modified, special system)

Books and references

1. Richard G. Griskey Ph.D., P.E. (auth.) - Polymer Process Engineering-Springer Netherlands (1995)
2. James J. Licari, Laura A. Hughes - Handbook of Polymer Coatings for Electronics_ Chemistry, Technology and Applications (Materials Science and Process Technology Series)-William Andrew (1991)
3. Yoshihiko Ohama - Handbook of polymer-modified concrete and mortars_ properties and process technology-Noyes Publications (1995)
4. Roger Brown - Handbook of polymer testing - physical methods-CRC Press (1999)
5. Werner Pauer - Polymer Reaction Engineering of Dispersed Systems_ Volume I (2018, Springer International Publishing)
6. George Odian - Principles of Polymerization (2004, Wiley-Interscience)
7. Jose Asua - Polymer Reaction Engineering (2007, Wiley-Blackwell)

Instructor bio

Prof. Shishir Sinha

IIT Roorkee
Dr. Shishir Sinha is presently working as Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Roorkee. He has been teaching the courses related to Process Utilities and Safety, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics and safe Operation to Petroleum industries to undergraduate and postgraduate students for more than 12 years. Prof. Sinha has more than 20 years of academic and industrial research experience with 76 publications besides more than 77 in conference proceedings. Apart from this he has written 9 books and several book chapters. Successfully completed over 22 high impact projects and consultancies

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 28 October 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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