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Syllabus ( CED 626 )


   Basic information
Course title: Polymerization Kinetics and Reactor Design
Course code: CED 626
Lecturer: Assist. Prof. Çiğdem TAŞDELEN-YÜCEDAĞ
ECTS credits: 7.5
GTU credits: 3 (3+0+0)
Year, Semester: 2018-2019, Fall and Spring
Level of course: Third Cycle (Doctoral)
Type of course: Area Elective
Language of instruction: English
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Pre- and co-requisites: none
Professional practice: No
Purpose of the course: The objective of this course is to provide an integrated view of the fundamentals of polymerization kinetics and reactor design, including all major synthetic polymerization methods (step growth, chain growth and controlled/living polymerization mechanisms), polymerization characterization and monitoring tools, mathematical modeling, design and control of polymerization reactors.
   Learning outcomes Up

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the mechanisms and kinetics of polymerization reactions.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Define and manipulate advanced concepts of Chemical Engineering in a specialized way
    2. Understand relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within his/her research field
    3. Summarize, document, report and reflect on progress
    4. Acquire scientific knowledge and work independently,
    5. Find out new methods to improve his/her knowledge.

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Homework assignment
    3. Seminar/presentation
    4. Term paper
  2. Analyze the polymers by using NMR, GPC/SEC techniques and spectroscopic methods.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Define and manipulate advanced concepts of Chemical Engineering in a specialized way
    2. Pick out and validate problems relevant to his/her field,
    3. Understand relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within his/her research field
    4. Work effectively in multi-disciplinary research teams
    5. Support his/her ideas with various arguments and present them clearly to a range of audience, formally and informally through a variety of techniques

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Homework assignment
    3. Seminar/presentation
    4. Term paper
  3. Choose appropriate methods for the monitoring of polymerization reactors.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Pick out and validate problems relevant to his/her field,
    2. Understand relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within his/her research field
    3. Summarize, document, report and reflect on progress
    4. Acquire scientific knowledge and work independently,
    5. Support his/her ideas with various arguments and present them clearly to a range of audience, formally and informally through a variety of techniques

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Homework assignment
    3. Seminar/presentation
    4. Term paper
  4. Analyze a process and develop a mathematical model.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Pick out and validate problems relevant to his/her field,
    2. Gain original, independent and critical thinking, and develop theoretical concepts and tools,
    3. Understand relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within his/her research field
    4. Summarize, document, report and reflect on progress
    5. Question and find out innovative approaches.

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Homework assignment
    3. Seminar/presentation
    4. Term paper
  5. Design a controlled reactor for a specific process by considering the kinetic mechanisms and characterization methods.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Pick out and validate problems relevant to his/her field,
    2. Gain original, independent and critical thinking, and develop theoretical concepts and tools,
    3. Understand relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within his/her research field
    4. Summarize, document, report and reflect on progress
    5. Question and find out innovative approaches.

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Homework assignment
    3. Seminar/presentation
    4. Term paper
  6. Work as a team member in the same discipline for a project.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Gain original, independent and critical thinking, and develop theoretical concepts and tools,
    2. Understand relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within his/her research field
    3. Summarize, document, report and reflect on progress
    4. Work effectively in multi-disciplinary research teams
    5. Support his/her ideas with various arguments and present them clearly to a range of audience, formally and informally through a variety of techniques

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Homework assignment
    3. Seminar/presentation
    4. Term paper
   Contents Up
Week 1: Introduction to polymerization reactions.
Week 2: Polymerization reactions and kinetics: free radical polymerization.
Week 3: Polymerization reactions and kinetics: free radical polymerization (cont.), condensation polymerization.
Week 4: Polymerization reactions and kinetics: condensation polymerization (cont.).
Week 5: Controlled/living polymerization methods of vinyl monomers: living anionic, living cationic and coordination-insertion.
Week 6: Controlled/living polymerization methods of vinyl monomers: controlled radical polymerization.
Week 7: Polymerization characterization and monitoring methods: polymer characteristics and spectroscopic methods.
Week 8: Midterm
Week 9: Polymerization characterization and monitoring methods: calorimetry, conductivity, densimetry and rheological measurements.
Week 10: Determination of macromolecular properties by GPC/SEC method.
Week 11: Automatic continuous online monitoring of polymerization reactions (ACOMP).
Week 12: Mathematical modeling of polymerization reactors.
Week 13: Design and control of polymerization reactors.
Week 14: Project presentations.
Week 15*: ---
Week 16*: Final.
Textbooks and materials: W. F. Reed, & A. M. Alb. (2014). Monitoring Polymerization Reactions: From Fundamentals to Applications, New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-0-470-91738-1.
Recommended readings: T. Meyer & J. Keurentjes (2005). Handbook of Polymer Reaction Engineering, Weinheim: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-3-527-31014-2.
C. McGreavy. (1994). Polymer Reactor Engineering, 1st edition, Springer. ISBN: 978-94-010-4583-4.
G. Odian. (2004). Principles of Polymerization, 4th Edition, New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 0-471-27400
  * Between 15th and 16th weeks is there a free week for students to prepare for final exam.
Assessment Up
Method of assessment Week number Weight (%)
Mid-terms: 8 30
Other in-term studies: - 0
Project: 14 15
Homework: 3-13 15
Quiz: - 0
Final exam: 16 40
  Total weight:
(%)
   Workload Up
Activity Duration (Hours per week) Total number of weeks Total hours in term
Courses (Face-to-face teaching): 3 14
Own studies outside class: 3 14
Practice, Recitation: 0 0
Homework: 8 5
Term project: 8 5
Term project presentation: 1 1
Quiz: 0 0
Own study for mid-term exam: 10 1
Mid-term: 3 1
Personal studies for final exam: 10 1
Final exam: 3 1
    Total workload:
    Total ECTS credits:
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  * ECTS credit is calculated by dividing total workload by 25.
(1 ECTS = 25 work hours)
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