Swayam Central

Processing of Polymers and Polymer Composites

By Prof. Inderdeep Singh   |   IIT Roorkee
The main objective of the current MOOC on Processing of Polymers and Polymer Composites course is to impart an understanding of the manufacturing science and engineering of polymers and polymer composites which is usually not covered at the UG level. The course deals with the study of the basic nature of different polymers and polymer composites and the manufacturing processes associated thereof. The classification of engineering materials and processing techniques, the structure and mechanical properties of plastics, thermoplastics and thermosets, the various processing techniques of polymers such as Extrusion, Injection molding, Thermoforming, Compression molding and Transfer molding have been explained with the relevant and specific examples. The fundamental concept and classification of composite materials, properties of composites and the primary as well as secondary processing methods of polymeric matrix composites have been explained in detail. The various issues, challenges and opportunities in primary and secondary processing of polymers and polymer composites has also been explained.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG/ PG Students of Mechanical Engineering., Production Engineering, Chemical Engineering.,
Polymer Science and Engineering Textile Technology, Working Professionals in plastics and related
It is a core course for UG/PG Students.
PREREQUISITES :      No-prerequisite, any student enrolled for a UG/PG degree in any discipline of mechanical engineering,
production engineering, polymer technology, chemical engineering and chemistry can complete the course.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :     All industries where polymer and polymer composite products are being, designed, developed and used.
Such as automobile, aerospace and defense.

Learners enrolled: 1965


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 20 Mar 2020
Exam Date : 29 Mar 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1:
      Introduction to course, Engineering materials and processing techniques, Thermoplastics and thermosets,
    Processing of polymers, Thermoforming process.

    Week 2:  Extrusion, Compression molding, Injection molding.
    Week 3:  Transfer molding, Rotational molding, Blow molding, Composite materials: basic concepts, Classification of composite materials.
    Week 4:  Processing of polymer composites, Hand-layup, Spray-layup, Compression molding Injection molding.
    Week 5:  Reaction injection molding, Autoclaving, Resin transfer molding, Filament winding, Pultrusion.
    Week 6:  Sheet molding, Pre-pegging and challenges in primary processing of composites, Secondary processing of polymer
    composites, Joining of polymer composites, Adhesive joining.

    Week 7:  Mechanical joining, Microwave joining, Induction and resistance welding, Drilling of polymer composites.
    Week 8:  Conventional vs ultrasonic drilling, Remedies for reducing drilling induce damages, Research tools for secondary processing,
    Numerical problems and case studies.


    1. Plastic Materials and Processing : A. Brent Strong, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-021626-7

    2. Composite Materials: Engineering and Science: F.L. Mathews and R.D. Rawlings, CRC press, 084930251X
    3. Handbook of Composites: S.T. Peters, ISBN 978-1-4615-6389-1.


    Prof. Inderdeep Singh

    IIT Roorkee
    Dr. Inderdeep Singh is currently working as Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He has taught among others, the industrial engineering courses such as Production Planning and Control, Product Design and Development, Work System Design, Industrial Management and Quality Management. He has been actively involved in the National Mission Project on Education Through ICT (NME-ICT) of Government of India. He has completed three video and one web course under the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). He has developed suitable pedagogical methods for two under-graduate courses of Mechanical Engineering.


    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 29th March 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments
    given in the course.
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.