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PET-180: General Plastics Laboratory (1 hour)

(2 hours laboratory). Laboratory experiments involving plastic materials and processes used in plastics industry. Concurrent enrollment in PET 185 General Plastics required.



PET-185: General Plastics (3 hours)

Introductory plastics course including topics in polymers and applications, processing and fabrication methods, tooling and molds, and testing. Concurrent enrollment in PET 180 General Plastics Laboratory is required.



PET-281: Plastics Testing Technology (3 hours)

(3 hours lecture). Theories and practical aspects of industrial and scientific testing and characterization procedures of plastics. Understanding of properties, testing, identification, characterization, specification, and standardization of polymers. Prerequisites: PET 185 General Plastics, PET 180 General Plastics Laboratory, MATH 113 College Algebra or MATH 110 College Algebra with Review or MATH 126 Pre-Calculus, CHEM 215 General Chemistry I and CHEM 216 General Chemistry I Laboratory.



PET-370: Thermoplastic Resins Laboratory (1 hour)

(2 hours laboratory) Techniques and procedures used for the testing, evaluation and selection of thermoplastic resins. Corequisite: PET 371 Thermoplastic Resins. Prerequisites: PET 281 Plastics Testing Technology, CHEM 320 Introductory Organic Chemistry and CHEM 326 Organic Chemistry Laboratory. May be taken for honors.



PET-371: Thermoplastic Resins (3 hours)

Study of thermoplastic materials that are commercially available for the plastics industry. Review of the manufacture, properties and applications of widely utilized resins. The chemical structure property relationships (crystallinity, morphology, copolymerization, molecular weight, and physical properties). Corequisite: PET 370 Thermoplastic Resins Laboratory. Prerequisites: PET 281 Plastics Testing Technology, CHEM 320 Introductory Organic Chemistry and CHEM 326 Organic Chemistry Laboratory. May be taken for honors.



PET-372: Plastic Processing I Laboratory (1 hour)

(2hours laboratory) Set-up, troubleshooting, and production with injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding machinery. Production economics, safety, material handling, auxiliary equipment, and maintenance. Corequisite: PET 373 Plastics Processing I. Prerequisites: PET 281 Plastics Testing Technology, CHEM 320 Introductory Organic Chemistry and CHEM 326 Organic Chemistry Laboratory. May be taken for honors.



PET-373: Plastic Processing I (3 hours)

Processing techniques for thermoplastic materials, (Injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, calendaring and other thermoplastics processing techniques). Corequisite: PET 372 Plastics Processing I Laboratory. Prerequisites: PET 281 Plastics Testing Technology, CHEM 320 Introductory Organic Chemistry and CHEM 326 Organic Chemistry Laboratory. May be taken concurrently with PET 371 Thermoplastic Resins and PET 370 Thermoplastic Resins Laboratory. May be taken for honors.



PET-374: Thermoset Resins Laboratory (1 hour)

(2 hours laboratory) Practical experience in the techniques and procedures used for the testing, evaluation and selection of thermoset resins. Corequisite: PET 375 Thermoset Resins. Prerequisites: PET 281 Plastics Testing Technology, CHEM 320 Introductory Organic Chemistry and CHEM 326 Organic Chemistry Laboratory. May be taken concurrently with PET 371 Thermoplastic Resins and PET 370 Thermoplastic Resins Laboratory. May be taken for honors.



PET-375: Thermoset Resins (3 hours)

Study of thermoset materials commercially available for the plastics industry. Review of the manufacture, properties and applications of widely utilized resins. Chemical structure-property relationships (crosslinking and formulation techniques of thermoset resins are examined). Emphasis is made of the role of thermosets as matrix/binder in polymeric composites. Corequisite: PET 374 Thermoset Resins Laboratory. Prerequisites: PET 370 Thermoplastic Resins Laboratory and PET 371 Thermoplastic Resins. May be taken concurrently with PET 376 Plastics Processing II Laboratory and PET 377 Plastics Processing II. May be taken for honors.



PET-376: Plastic Processing II Laboratory (1 hour)

(2 hours laboratory). Practical demonstration of various Thermoset and Thermoplastic material/processes. (Compression, Rotational, Transfer, and Vacuum Bag Molding (Composites), Elastomer formulation, and Thermoforming). Parts/test specimens are produced with testing to evaluate material/process optimization. Prerequisites or may be taken concurrently with PET 375 Thermoset Resins and PET 374 Thermoset Resins Laboratory. May be taken for honors.



PET-377: Plastic Processing II (3 hours)

(3 hours lecture) Thermoset and Thermoplastic materials and processes. Polymer, additive, and reinforcement utilization with emphasis placed on material/process to application selection. Corequisite: PET 376 Plastics Processing II Laboratory. Prerequisite or may be taken concurrently with PET 375 Thermoset Resins and PET 374 Thermoset Resins Laboratory. May be taken for honors.



PET-585: Mold Design (3 hours)

(1 hour lecture, 4 hours laboratory). Methods and systems used in design of tooling for all major plastic processing methods. Design projects will be completed using computer-aided design and analysis tools with accepted industry standards. Prerequisite: MECET 121 Engineering Graphics I and MECET 226 Computer Aided Design. May be taken for honors.



PET-586: Senior Project (3 hours)

(3 hours lecture). A capstone plastics course incorporating functional part selection and design, technical and processing analysis, and suitable polymeric material selection. Based on sound design, cost and quality, testing and evaluation, and prototype manufacturing of the plastics part. Prerequisite: Senior status (over 90 hours) or written permission of instructor.



PET-673: Advanced Injection Molding (3 hours)

(1 hour lecture, 4 hours laboratory). An advanced course focused on Injection Molding. Emphasizing process control, troubleshooting, quality and automation. Prerequisite: PET 373 Plastics Processing I and PET 372 Plastics Processing Laboratory.



PET-684: Plastics Part Design (3 hours)

Methods and systems used in the development of plastic products. Design projects will be completed using computer-aided design and analysis tools with accepted industry standards. Emphasis is placed on material selection, engineering property analysis, cost analysis, and rapid prototyping. Prerequisite: MECET 121 Engineering Graphics I, PET 180 General Plastics Laboratory and PET 185 General Plastics, PET 373 Plastics Processing I, PET 377 Plastics Processing II, PET 371 Thermoplastic Resins, PET 375 Thermoset Resins. May be taken for honors.



PET-685: Composites (3 hours)

(3 hours lecture). Raw materials, processing, fabrication, testing, properties of composites, and application. Prerequisite: PET 180 General Plastics Laboratory and PET 185 General Plastics, CHEM 320 Introductory Organic Chemistry and CHEM 326 Organic Chemistry Laboratory, or CHEM 325 Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 326 Organic Chemistry Laboratory or equivalent. For graduate students or senior plastics majors who have taken all undergraduate plastics courses. May be taken for honors.



PET-882: Advanced Plastics Materials and Processes (3 hours)

Overview of thermoplastic and thermoset materials and processes. Laboratory work required. Not open to graduates of PSU Plastics Engineering Technology undergraduate degree.



PET-885: Composite Materials and Testing (3 hours)

New and advanced techniques of processing composites including resin structures and non-destructive testing techniques associated with composites. Laboratory work required.


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