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University of Massachusetts Lowell Course: Processing of Elastomers (PLAS 5500)

January 17 - May 6

University of Massachusetts Lowell Course: Processing of Elastomers (PLAS
Spring Semester 2023 (January 17 – May 6), 3 credit hours
Location: This is an asynchronous online course that is delivered in
pre-recorded video lectures and supported by live online (Zoom/Blackboard
collaborate) office hours with instructor Dr. Jay Park for one hour each
week. The weekly lectures can be viewed remotely on your computer, tablet
or mobile phone at convenient times from the comfort of your home or
Format: The online course takes place in weekly installments across the
15-week semester (3 credit hours). The course is delivered in pre-recorded
video lectures with closed captioning and supported by live online office
hours with the instructor (Zoom; one hour each week). Course activities
include interactive discussion board participation, homework assignments,
design project and final exam.
Course Description: This course is an introduction to the principles of
elastomers, processing, and its applications for both traditional and
emerging areas. The focus will be on thermoset elastomers with traditional
processing such as vulcanization, extrusion and molding, but there will
also be discussion of 3d printing and fiber spinning. Lectures will cover
the overview of elastomeric materials, curing, processing techniques and
applications. There are no prerequisites for the course, but students
should have sound knowledge of basic polymer physics, processing and
materials science. Students are required to view recorded lectures prior to
online discussions of the course materials. Students are also encouraged to
share their experience and knowledge pertaining to elastomer processing.
Course Objectives: At the end of this course, students should be able to:
* Identify and relate elastomer material types and their properties
* Understand and identify rubber compounding processes and identify
additives and process aids
* Understand and apply elastomer rheological measurement and its
implications for processing
* Communicate effectively regarding the proper selection, processing
techniques, and use of elastomers in commercial applications
* Identify relevant literature on elastomer and critically review and
present them
* Discuss contemporary issues relating to elastomer processing research
Topics Covered:
* Introductions, Definitions of Elastomer and Type
* Introduction to Rubber Compounding
* Fillers and Additives
* Physical Testing of Rubber
* Processing Methods of Rubber – Part I: Mixing, Extrusion and
* Processing Methods of Rubber – Part II: Molding
* Vulcanization of Rubber – Sulfur
* Vulcanization of Rubber – Peroxide and Testing
* Literature Review Introduction
* Tire Engineering
* General Purpose Elastomer – Grades and Processing
* Solvent-Resistant Elastomer – Material and Processing
* Temperature-Resistant Elastomer – Material and Processing
* Thermoplastic Elastomer and Rubber Recycling
* Wrap-up
Additional Information:
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is offering four courses (listed
below). You can take them individually or all four together, and if you
complete all four you will earn your Elastomeric Materials Certificate.
Through our partnership with the university, Rubber Division, ACS members
can receive a discount on any of these four courses. The cost per course
for members is $1,700 and $1,800 for non-members.
* Rubber Technology – weekly September – December 2022
* Thermoplastic Elastomers – weekly September – December 2022
* Product Design for Elastomers – weekly January – April 2023
* Processing of Elastomers – weekly January – April 2023
Price per Course: $1,700 Member / $1,800 Non-member
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. https://account.rubber.org/welcome
Jay Hoon Park, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UMass Lowell, Plastics Engineering Dept.
Jay Park is a 5th year Assistant Professor in the Plastics Engineering
Department at UMass Lowell. His expertise is in polymer processing,
extrusion, fiber processing, polymer nanocomposites and multi-scale
material manufacturing. Park received his Ph.D. in Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University and a B.S. in Chemical
Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently held
postdoctoral appointments at MIT and U.S. Army Research Lab, where he has
gained expertise in high-performance fiber and plastics at both fundamental
and application levels. In particular, he has expertise in process
optimization of various fiber spinning methods, such as electrospinning,
melt spinning, wet-spinning and filament fabrication via FDM. His current
research areas are polymer and composite materials which include aerospace
and defense application (active funded projects with NASA, DARPA and U.S.
Army), smart functional wearables in the form of woven and nonwovens, and
multi-material additive manufacturing.


January 17
May 6