Course detail

Laboratory Classes in Structure and Properties of Polymers

FCH-MCO_SVP_PAcad. year: 2018/2019

Students of the practice will work with selected characterizing techniques of polymer materials. It means tensile test, dynamic-mechanical analysis, bending test, thermogravimetric analysis and dynamic scanning calorimetry. These tests will be don using self manually made composite test samples as well, therefore the fabrication of test samples is a part of the practice. Industrial visit to some companies is included.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be able to prepare and characterize of polymer material, it's mechanical and thermal properties.


Fundamental concepts in mathematics, physics and makromolekular chemistry.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Schatz M., Vondráček P.: Zkoušení polymerů. VŠCHT, Praha 1988. (CS)
Schmitz J. V.: Testing of Polymers. Interscience, New York 1965. (CS)
Mark H. F., Bikales N., Overberger Ch. G., Menges G.: Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Engineering. Wiley-Interscience, New York 1988. (CS)
Mleziva J.: Polymery. Struktura - vlastnosti a použití. Sobotáles, Praha 2003. (CS)
Mleziva J., Kálal J.: Základy makromolekulární chemie. SNTL/Alfa, Praha 1986. (CS)
Hall C.: Polymer Materials: An Introduction for Technologists and Scientists. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York 1981. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Laboratory exercise - 4 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

In order to be awarded the course-unit credit students must prove 100% active participation in laboratory exercises, elaborate a paper on the presented themes and graded course-unit credit test.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1) Introduction
2) DSC of termoplast
3) Fabrication of test samples
4) TGA analysis
5) Fabrication of test samples II.
6 Tensile test - Zwick
7) DSC - heat capacity of polymer
8) Test speed dependence - Zwick
9) Impact and notched impact strength
10) Bending test - Zwick
11) DMA
12) Temperature dependence - Zwick
13) HDT


Students will try to preparing, fabrication of test samples of polymer material, they will introduced to characterization methods of polymer material, its mechanical and thermal properties.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance and activity at the seminars are required. One absence can be compensated for by attending a seminar with another group in the same week, or by elaboration of substitute tasks.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NKCP_CHM Master's

    branch NKCO_CHM , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme NPCP_CHM Master's

    branch NPCO_CHM , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


Laboratory exercise

52 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer