GATE Syllabus for Polymer Science and Engineering (XE – F)

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Part 1: Chemistry of high polymers

Monomers, degree of polymerizations, functionality, classification of polymers, glass transition, criteria for rubberiness, melting transition, polymerization methods: addition and condensation; their kinetics, copolymerization, metallocene polymers and other newer techniques of polymerization, monomer reactivity ratios and its significance, different copolymers, kinetics, random, alternating, block and graft copolymers, azeotropic copolymerization, techniques for copolymerization solution, bulk, suspension, emulsion.

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Part 2: Polymer Characterization

Concept of average molecular weight, Solubility and swelling, determination of number average, viscosity average, weight average, and Z-average molecular weights, analysis of polymers using IR, XRD, thermal (DSC, DMTA, TGA), polymer crystallinity, microscopic (optical and electronic) techniques.

Part 3: Synthesis and properties

Commodity and general purpose thermoplastics: PP, PE, PS, Polyesters, PVC, Acrylic, PU polymers. Engineering Plastics: PC, Nylon, PBT, PPO, PSU, ABS, Fluoropolymers Thermosetting polymers: MF, PF, UF, Unsaturated polyester, Epoxy, Alkyds. Natural and synthetic rubbers: Recovery of NR hydrocarbon from latex, Nitrile, SBR, CR, EPDM, CSM, IIR, Silicone, BR, TPE.

Part 4: Polymer blends and composites

Difference between blends and composites, choice of polymers for blending, their significance, blend miscibility-miscible & immiscible blends, phase morphology, thermodynamics, polymer alloys, plastic-plastic, polymer eutectics, rubber-plastic and rubber-rubber blends, particulate, FRP, long and short fiber reinforced composites.

Part 5: Polymer Technology

Polymer compounding-need and significance, cross-linking and vulcanization, different compounding ingredients for rubber and plastics, vulcanization kinetics

Part 6: Polymer rheology

Different flow equations, Flow of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, dependence of shear modulus on temperature, Measurements of rheological parameters by capillary rotating, molecular/segmental deformations at different zones and transitions, parallel plate, Viscoelasticity-creep, cone-plate rheometer, and stress relaxations, control of rheological characteristics through compounding, mechanical models, rubber curing in parallel plate viscometer, ODR and MDR

Part 7: Polymer processing

Compression molding, molding, transfer molding, injection blow molding, extrusion, reaction injection molding, pultrusion, rotational molding, calendaring, thermoforming, internal mixer, rubber processing in two-roll mill,

Part 8: Polymer testing

Flexural, Mechanical-static and dynamic tensile, compressive, endurance, abrasion, fatigue, tear, hardness, resilience, toughness, impact, dielectric constant, Conductivity-thermal and electrical, dissipation factor, electric resistance, power factor, surface resistivity, swelling, ageing resistance, volume resistivity, environmental stress cracking resistance

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