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Plastics 205

Welcome to Plastics 205

An Introductory Plastics Engineering Technology College-Level Course, offered on-line to Penn State students or through Continuing Education to our industry constituents.

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Plastics 205 is a three-credit introductory course, designed for web-based delivery. Credits earned can be applied to the associates or baccalaureate degree in Plastics Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Behrend.

This course provides an introduction to the plastics industry including the fundamental aspects of plastic materials. Common material fabrication processes are also covered along with an overview of how the chemical structure of polymers influences their mechanical and flow properties. Students interface with their instructor using Penn State’s ANGEL content management system through email, discussion boards, and chat rooms.

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Course Contents

Module 1 – Introduction

  • Lesson 1 – An Introduction to the Course
  • Lesson 2 – A brief History of Plastics

Module 2 – Introduction to How Polymers are Created

  • Lesson 1 – Lesson 1 – Polymerization
  • Lesson 2 – Molecular Weight

Module 3 – Polymer Properties PowerPoint Presentations

  • Lesson 1 – Polymer Bonds & Structure
  • Lesson 2 – Morphology
  • Lesson 3 – Viscoelasticity
  • Lesson 4 – Viscosity

Module 4 – Polymer Classifications

  • Lesson 1 – Commodity Polymers
  • Lesson 2 – Engineering Polymers
  • Lesson 3 – Sustainability
  • Lesson 4 – Miscellaneous Material Families

Module 5 – Polymer Additives

  • Lesson 1 – Additives & Modifiers
  • Lesson 2 – Fillers, Fibers, and Reinforcements

Module 6 – Commercial Processes

  • Lesson 1 – Injection Molding
  • Lesson 2 – Profile Extrusion
  • Lesson 3 – Extrusion Blow Molding
  • Lesson 4 – Injection Blow Molding
  • Lesson 5 – Thermoforming
  • Lesson 6 – Rotational Molding
  • Lesson 7 – Miscellaneous Processes

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For enrollment information contact:

Continuing Education

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Logan Carriage House

4213 Station Road Erie, PA 16563

Phone: 814-898-6103

Fax: 814-898-6053

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