Fibre and Polymer Engineering

Major in Finnish: Kuitu- ja polymeeritekniikka

Code: CHEM3024
Extent: 60 cr + 4-5 cr
Professor in charge: Mark Hughes

Polymers abound in everyday life in applications ranging from medical to aerospace; fibres too are ubiquitous, finding use in areas as diverse as fashion textiles and construction composites. Both fibres and polymers can be derived from renewable as well as non-renewable resources. Current research is, for example, leading to new developments in plastics and resins derived from plants, whilst stiff and strong fibres are being 'regenerated' from cellulose. These bio-based polymers and fibres will become increasingly important in a sustainable future. In addition to the advances in bio-based materials, the use of fossil-based polymeric materials and fibres continues to evolve quickly in the face of the challenges of resource efficiency and sustainable development.

This rapidly evolving area of science and technology requires professionals who can work at the interface between different disciplines to meet future global challenges. The Fibre and Polymer Engineering major is built on a solid fundamental understanding of polymers, their synthesis, structure, processing and properties, as well as the structure and properties of fibres and the materials and products manufactured from them. In line with the strategic focus areas of the School of Chemical Engineering, considerable focus is placed on fibres and polymers derived from bio-based feedstock – 'biopolymers' and 'bio-fibres'. As part of this major, students have the opportunity to specialise, through course work, tailored projects and their final thesis, on topics that are of special interest to them. Specialisations include wood-based materials and their applications, web-structures and converted fibre products as well as polymer science and technology.

Learning outcomes

After completing this major, students will:

  • have a deep understanding of the fibre and polymer value chain, from raw material to customer-specific end products.
  • have a solid fundamental knowledge of polymers, their structure, processing and properties.
  • know how polymers are synthesised from bio-based as well as fossil-based precursors.
  • know how molecular structure controls the material properties of polymers derived therefrom.
  • know the main fibre types, their production, properties and applications.
  • know the principle routes to isolate fibre from biomass feedstock and possess expertise in natural fibres, their composition structure and behaviour.
  • have specialised knowledge in the manufacture, properties and application of materials and products manufactured from fossil- as well as bio-based fibres and polymers.
  • can apply knowledge of surface chemistry in composite technology.

Content and structure

For the major (60 ECTS + 4-5 ECTS credits) all students have to take the same common and compulsory studies of 4-5 cr + 50 cr. Additionally the student needs to select specialisation studies of 10 cr in Wood Products, Fibre Webs or Polymer Technology.

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Figure 6. Structure of Fibre and Polymer Engineering major

Table 13. Common compulsory courses (4-5 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year
CHEM-E0100 Academic Learning Community 4-5 I-V / 1st

 

Table 14. Compulsory courses (50 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year

CHEM-E2100

Polymer Synthesis 

5

I / 1st

CHEM-E2130

Polymer Properties

5

II / 1st

CHEM-E2110

Polymer Technology Laboratory Exercises

5

I-II / 1st

CHEM-E2120

Fibres and Fibre Products

5

I / 1st

CHEM-E2140

Cellulose-Based Fibres

5

I-II / 1st

CHEM-E2150

Interfacial Phenomena in Biobased Systems

5

III-IV / 1st

CHEM-E2160

Product Development Practices

5

III-V / 1st

CHEM-E2200

Polymer Blends and Composites

5

I / 2nd

CHEM-E2210

Product Development - Project Course

10

I-IV / 2nd

 

Table 15. Specialisation courses (10 cr)

Code Name Credits Period/year

CHEM-E2165

Computer Aided Visualization and Scientific Presentation

3-5

V

CHEM-E2185

Wood Specialization Course: A Project Work

5-10

I, II, III, IV, V
/ 1st or 2nd

CHEM-E2195

Interfacial Phenomena in Renewable Materials Research Project

5-10

I, II, III, IV, V
/ 2nd

Wood Products:

CHEM-E2105

Wood and Wood Products

5

III-IV / 1st

CHEM-E2115

Wood Products: Application and Performance

5

IV-V / 1st

Fibre Webs:

CHEM-E2125

Web-Based Natural Fibre Products

5

III-IV / 1st

CHEM-E2135

Converting of Web-Based Products

5

IV-V / 1st

Polymer Technology:

CHEM-E2145

Polymer Reaction Engineering

5

III-V / 1st

CHEM-E2155

Biopolymers

5

III-IV / 1st

 

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