Year 2


MS2013 Polymers and Composites

[Lectures: 26 hours; Tutorials: 13 hours; Pre-requisites: MS1014@; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Learning Objective

This is an introductory level course which is aimed to provide fundamental but specialized knowledge in polymer and composites materials for Materials Engineering students.  This course covers essential topics in both chemical and physical aspects of polymers and it also covers some fundamentals on composite materials.


Introduction to polymer; Step growth and chain growth polymerization; Structure and transitions of polymers; Viscoelastic properties, and Elementary principle of composite materials.

Learning Outcome

On completion of the course the students are expected to understand the following:

  • Methods of synthesis of additional and step-growth polymers as well as the reaction mechanisms and kinetics of polymerisation
  • Structure, morphology and properties relationships of polymers and unique characteristics of polymers with respect to their viscoelasticity
  • Basics of composite materials including concept of synergism and mechanism of reinforcement.


  • RY Young and PA Lovell, Introduction to Polymers, 2nd Edition, Chapman and Hall, 1992.
  • SL Rosen, Fundamental Principles of Polymeric Materials, 2nd Edition, John Wiley, 1993.
  • D Hull, Introduction to Composite Materials, Cambridge Press, 1995.

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