Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 2500 - Plastics Properties and Processing

Catalog Description:

Effects of polymer chemistry, additives, plasticizers, fillers, and reinforcements on the properties of plastics. Molding, forming, extrusion, casting, lamination, coating, welding, and decorating of thermoplastic and thermoset materials.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: Recommended, CHEM 1100/1110.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

Working knowledge of the periodic table, chemical reactions, compound formation, valence and bonding. (CHEM 1100 - General Chemistry I)

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Identify a logical potential polymer for a given plastic product.


D3: List of series of appropriate polymers for a given well-defined application.

Perform experiments with major forming, casting and molding processes found in the plastics industry.


C2: Determine the most appropriate process settings for a combination of process variables in a compression molding experiment.

Define the dependent and independent processing variables found within plastics processes.


C1: Correctly differentiate between dependent and independent variables in write-ups of the laboratory experiments.

Identify the relationship between the chemical make-up of selected plastics and certain of their resulting physical and mechanical properties.


B3: Determine the molecular weight of a mer given a chemical diagram of a polymer.

Evaluate polymer materials and product disposal at the end of use.


J1: Determine appropriate methods disposal processing of waste plastics based upon the makeup of the polymer(s) involved.

Correctly identify the plastics process used to manufacture a product from the attributes of the part.


D4: Determine the process used to produce a plastic part, through deductive reasoning based strictly on product design attributes.

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Lokensgard, E. (2010). Industrial Plastics - Theory and Application, 5th Edition, Delmar.

Engelmann, P. (2011). Plastics Properties and Processes. (Lecture/lab Manual)

Course Coordinator:

Paul Engelmann
Western Michigan University
F-259 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3350

Revision Date: Spring 2012


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