Courses

  • ME 313: Manufacturing Processes


    This is a 7 week course taught two times a semester. It describes fundamentals of plastics manufacturing processes in a series of 14 lectures and 6 laboratories. For this course Osswald wrote the textbook Polymer Processing Fundamentals, Hanser Publishers, (1997). The textbook has been adopted at various universities around the world.


  • ME 314: Introduction to Competitive Manufacturing


    This is a 7 week course taught two times a semester. It describes fundamentals of transport phenomena in material processing in a series of 14 lectures and 6 laboratories. This course is a required course in the mechanical engineering curriculum.


  • ME 418: Engineering Design with Polymers


    This course is intended to acquaint the student with a polymers' unique behavior and its relation to design. Molecular structure and basic properties are discussed. The relation between processing and properties of the final part are covered, as are mixing, anisotropy, and residual stresses during solidification. Important properties and the behavior of the polymer component are discussed: mechanical behavior, failure, optical properties, permeability, and electrical properties. For this course Osswald wrote the textbook Materials Science of Polymers for Engineers, Hanser Publishers, (1996), 2nd Ed. (2003). The textbook has been adopted at various universities around the world.The book was translated into Japanese and Korean.


  • ME 718: Modeling and Simulation in Polymer Processing


    This course is designed to acquaint the student with computer simulation technology This course is designed to acquaint the student with computer simulation technology used for the engineering of polymer processes, such as compression molding, injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, and many others. The course reviews the basic equations of state, presents flow and heat transfer models used in polymer processing, and illustrates their numerical implementation using finite differences, finite elements, and boundary integral methods. The various numerical techniques are subsequently used to solve problems dealing with fluid flow, heat transfer, and structural development in polymer processing operations. For this course Osswald wrote the Textbook Polymer Processing - Modeling and Simulation, Hanser Publishers, (2006). Part III of this book will be used in this course.


  • ME 420 Introduction to Composites Processing


    This course covers the basic principles of composite materials and processes. An historical overview and trends of composites in industry is presented first, followed with an introduction to mechanics of composites. The most important processes are presented along with an introduction to transport phenomena in composites processing, covering heat transfer during cure and flow through porous media. As a class project a canoe will be manufactured using vacuum resin infusion with the goal of establishing a process that is reproducible, robust, and quality assured. Resources:

    Curing (Camilo Pérez)

    Mechanical properties of composites as a function of the applied load angle (by Camilo Pérez)

    Failure Criteria-Javascript (John O'leary, Thomas O'malley and Camilo Pérez)


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