Thermoplastic Materials and Technologies





Offered by

Mechanical Engineering




The student must have passed the course ME-MTR1.

Main purpose

The main purpose of the course is to enable the student to understand the basic characteristics of polymers, relate and use these characteristics to the design of parts, assemblies, and simple moulds, and understand and select relevant thermoplastic technologies with emphasis on injection moulding, with respect to functionality, economy and sustainability.


The student must gain knowledge about:

Polymeric materials:
o Definitions
o Types
o Properties
o Data sheets.

o Injection moulding 
o Extrusion
o Thermoforming
o Surface treatments
o Joining methods
o Other technologies.

Design methods and rules regarding relevant technologies.

Injection moulding tools:
o Design
o Materials
o Manufacturing
o Functions.

o Recycling
o Circular economy
o Biodegradability.


After the course, the student must be able to:

- Select polymers according to their physical and chemical characteristics, for either producing new products or replacing products made of other materials.
- Design polymer products according to specific rules related to the relevant technologies.
- Select relevant technologies with respect to function, economy, and sustainability.
- Understand the function of, and design simple injection moulding tools.
- Estimate the cost of injection moulded products.
- Evaluate a product’s sustainability.


Upon completing the course, the student is expected to participate in development tasks covering evaluation, design, and improvement of polymeric products, having in mind economically feasible technologies, tooling, and sustainability. Furthermore, the student should be capable of seeking, validating, and implementing additional knowledge within the subject by own hand.



Teaching methods and study activities

Throughout the 12 weeks, the lessons consist of tuition, consultation, independent work, and group work. The workload for a student is expected to be approx. 275 hours.

Study Activity Model

Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 24 hours – 9%
Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 179 hours – 65 %
Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 60 hours – 21 %
Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 12 hours – 5%


1. Bruder, U., 2019, 2nd edition. User's Guide to Plastic. Munich: Carl Hanser Verlag

2. Akay, M., 2014. Introduction to Polymer Science and Technology [e-book]. Available through Bookboon: <>[Accessed 30 January 2019]




Requirements for attending examination
Course assignment handed in before deadline.
Type of examination:
Oral group presentation of the course assignment (approx. 10 minutes) followed by an individual examination (approx. 15 minutes per student) with the presence of the whole group. 
Two tests during the course account for 30%, final exam for 70%.
Internal examiner.

Allowed tools:

Same form as ordinary exam and accounting for 100% of the grade (course tests not taken into account).

Grading criteria

Grading according to the Danish 7-scale.

Additional information

The course assignment must be solved in a group of max. 3 people.


Liliana Persson

Valid from

01-02-2020 00:00:00

Course type

6. semester
Compulsory for the specialization Polymers and Composites


Specialisation/Area; Polymers