Course code ENSAM1
Course title Polymers and Composites (Properties and Durability)
Institution Arts et Métiers ParisTech
Course address 151, bd de l'Hôpital - 75013 Paris - France
City Paris
Minimum year of study 4th year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words Polymers, Composites, Properties, Processing, Aging, Life time
Language English
Professor responsible Abbas TCHARKHTCHI
Telephone 33 (0)1 44 24 63 01
Fax 33 (0)1 44 24 63 82
Participating professors
Number of places Minimum: , Maximum: 20, Reserved for local students:

Polymers have an important influence on our life. It is practically impossible to show a field which is not affected by polymers. The development of polymers helped the industry to propose new and high performance materials like composites, biopolymers…

The use of these materials asks a rich and deep knowledge about the properties of these different types of polymers used for manufacturing of industrial parts: Physical, thermal and mechanical properties.

In this course we try to give this knowledge to our young European Engineers.





Programme to be followed


During this course different aspects will be developed:
  • Basic knowledge of polymers, biopolymers and composites
  • Rheology of polymers
  • Polymers and composites in industry
  • Life time prediction
  • Effect of aging on properties of materials - polymers and composites during processing (injection molding, extrusion, rotational molding…)
  • Analytical methods : differential scanning calorimetric, infra-red spectrometry, thermo-mechanical analysis, rheometry, mechanical tests


Prerequisites  The course is, indeed, an initiation to polymer science and application for students knowing a little about materials and the mechanics of materials.
Course exam The students will present a short report on selected topics of the course at the end of program (Friday afternoon).