Polymer Science and Technology

Course Name: 

Polymer Science and Technology (MT203)


B.Tech (MME)




Programme Core (PC)

Credits (L-T-P): 

(3-0-0) 3

Course Outcomes: 

CO1: Students will be able to identify suitable polymer(s) for a given application
CO2: Understanding properties of a polymer by relating them to its structure
CO3: Identifying a suitable molding and forming process for a given application
CO4: Applying fundamentals in real life situations

Course modules and teaching hours: 

Module 1: Fundamentals of polymer science (10 hours)
Introduction; Different types of polymerization and their mechanism; Nomenclature of polymers; Polymer molecular architecture; Bulk, suspension, emulsion and solution crystallinity; Thermal transitions in polymers

Module 2: Polymeric materials (12 hours)
Property Requirements and Polymer Utilization; Thermoplastics - Commodity and engineering plastics; Thermosets; Elastomers; Natural rubber and synthetic rubbers
Thermoplastic elastomers; Blends & reinforced polymers

Module 3: Polymer Reactions (4 hours)
Polymer Modification; Polymer degradation

Module 4: Properties of polymers (10 hours)
Viscoelastic behavior of plastics; Time – temperature superposition; Stress-strain behavior; fracture; creep; hardness; impact behavior; Methods to improve mechanical properties; Basics of polymer rheology; Permeability; electrical; optical and flammability properties

Module 5: Compounding and processing of polymers (6 hours)
Plastics Technology; Fiber Technology; Elastomer technology


R. O. Ebewele, Polymer Science and Technology, 1st Ed., CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2000.
V. R. Gowariker, N.V. Viswanathan, J. Sreedhar, Polymer Science, 1st Ed., New Age International, New Delhi, 2011.
S. L. Rosen, Fundamental Principles of Polymeric Materials, 2nd Ed., John Wiley, New York, 1993.
F. W. Billmeyer Jr., Textbook of polymer science, John Wiley, New York, 1996.
J. R. Fried, Polymer Science and Technology, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi, 2005.
M.P. Stevens, Polymer Chemistry-an Introduction, 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press, New York, 1999.


Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Total teaching hours: 


Contact us

Prof. K. Narayan Prabhu, Head
Department of MME, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangaluru - 575 025
Karnataka, India.
  • Hot line: +91-0824-2473050