Department of Polymer Engineering

Our BS Polymer Engineering, four year degree program explores the structure, characterization, properties and selection of the full range of polymeric materials used in industry today. You will be taught by the research-active lecturers having considerable expertise in their fields. The major focus of our program is on developing concepts and skills of students through class room learning, laboratory work, internship and industrial tours etc. We focus strongly on industrial relevance and application throughout the course as one of the main objectives behind the start of this program was to provide trained man power to polymer sector in the country. Our program is accredited by the Pakistan Engineering Counsel (PEC) enabling our graduates to go on to achieve registered/professional Chartered Engineering status.

Salient features

  • The program has a flexible course structure having diverse activities, bringing together excellence in teaching and research.
  • The program curriculum is fully flexible to be modified to keep pace with the rapidly changing production technologies.
  • A course structure is designed in consultation with industry, ensuring that your degree will be highly valued by employers.
  • A range of national and international placement opportunities with major companies.
  • A high student to teacher ratio means students receive excellent individual attention.
  • A final year research project of your choice using state of the art facilities, providing a grounding for working in R & D or going on to higher study.
  • Opportunity to specialize to follow your own interests as they develop.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers, and all of our graduates either find employment in industry or go on to higher level study at the end of their degree. Careers include research and development, process engineers, management positions, and technical roles within both large multinationals and smaller businesses. Other graduates choose to apply their technical and analytical skills in research and development or going on to higher level study (e.g. towards a PhD).

Teaching and learning

The course contains a balance of lectures and practical work, accompanied by regular tutorials that will help you with your learning through guided practice and instant feedback. Practical work and tutorials are often carried out in teams, which not only aid your learning, but also helps to you develop valuable intra-personal skills. You will also benefit from small-group tutorials, during which you can discuss any course-related matters and others like career choice, or how to improve your attractiveness to employers.

Alongside the dedicated polymer engineering teaching, we also provide formal teaching in communication and transferable skills, including management, organizational behavior, computing and presentation techniques etc.

Assessment

You are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. The program is, by nature, practical and this is reflected in the teaching methods and assessment. All units contain a significant coursework element made up of laboratories, problems classes, computing exercises, team projects, case studies, or essays. This greatly enhances your understanding of the subject and your learning experience. A large part of the final year is devoted to a project.

The Grading Criteria shall be as follows:

Marks Grade Point Grade Remarks
85 & above 4 A Excellent
80 - 84.9 3.50 B+ Very Good
75 - 79.9 3 B Good
70 - 74.9 2.50 C+ Above Average
65 - 69.9 2 C Average
60 - 64.9 1.50 D+ Below Average
50 - 59.9 1 D Pass
Below 50 0 F Fail
    I Incomplete
    W Course Withdrawn

Department of Polymer Engineering offers following degree programs.

  1. BS Polymer Engineering

Instrument & Process Control Lab

Overall Aims & Objectives of the Lab:The main objective of this lab course is to give a general understanding to all the basic and key concepts of instrumentation, necessary for the process control. The primary aim of process control is to maintain a process at the desired operating conditions, safely and efficiently, while satisfying environmental and product quality requirements. A proper application of process control can improve the safety and profitability of a process plant.

In this lab Students are expected to learn about the control of ‘Process Parameters’ such a temperature, pressure, level and flow etc. At the end of this lab course students are thought to develop an ability to install, maintain and calibrate the various instruments being used in different process industries.

Relevant Subject:Instrumentation & Process Control (PE-4103)

List of Equipments:This lab is equipped with the following equipments:

No.

EQUIPMENT

1

Thermocouple calibration apparatus

2

Time constant calculation apparatus

3

Pressure gauges calibration apparatus

4

Dead weight tester

5

Temperature Process Station

6

Pressure Process Station

7

Level Process Station

8

Flow Process Station

List of Experiments:List of Experiments performed in Instrument & Process Control Lab is following:

EXPERIMENT No.

TITLE OF EXPERIMENT

1

To calibrate the Bourdon gauges by using Pressure Calibration Apparatus and report its accuracy.

2

To calibrate the different type of thermocouples with the help of Thermocouple Calibration Apparatus.

3

Calibration of Thermocouples by using Multi-function Calibrator.

4

Study the behavior of Open-loop System on Pressure Process Station and control Pressure with two Solenoid valves.

5

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Pressure Process Station Apparatus and control Pressure of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System. (Solenoid valve#1 and solenoid valve#2)

6

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Pressure Process Station Apparatus and control the Pressure of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System. (Motorized valve)

7

Study the behavior of Open-loop System on Level Control Apparatus and control the Level manually. Also report the difficulties in manual control.

8

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Level Control Apparatus and control the Level of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System. (Pump only)

9

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Level Control Apparatus and control the Level of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System. (Pump & Solenoid valve)

10

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Level Control Apparatus and control the Level of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System. (Motorized valve)

11

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Flow Control Apparatus and control the Flow rate of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System.

12

To investigate the Tuning Parameters of P, PI, PID control actions at the Flow Process Station. Also determine the Optimum Tuning Parameter by using hit and trail method.

13

To determine the Time Constant of mercury-bulb thermometer dipped in an oil bath. Also plot a graph b/w Y(t)/A and t.

14

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Temperature Control Apparatus and control the Temperature of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System.

15

To study the deviation between the control actions of the controller and report which controller is more efficient and why?

Polymer Characterization Lab

Overall Aims & Objectives of the Lab:The main objective of this lab is to understand the structures and properties of Polymers. The main aspects that are covered in this lab include Thermal, Rheological and Structural Analysis of polymers.

Relevant Subject:Structural Characterization and testing of Polymers (PE-3108)

List of Equipments:This lab is equipped with the following equipments:

No.

APPARATUS/ EQUIPMENT

1

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

2

Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)

3

Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

4

Rheometer

5

Melting Point Tester

List of Experiments:List of Experiments performed in Polymer Characterization Lab is following:

EXPERIMENT No.

TITLE/ OBJECTIVE OF THE EXPERIMENT

1

To become familiar with the spectroscopic analytic technique in polymer analysis specifically FTIR spectroscopy

2

Identification of organic solvents (methanol, acetone) by Infrared Spectroscopy

3

Identification of different fibers/polymers (cotton, polyester, nylon) by Infrared Spectroscopy

4

Identification of different polymeric powders by Infrared Spectroscopy

5

To become familiar with the technique for the analysis of molar mass in high-molecular weight materials. Gel Permeation Chromatography will be used.

6

Determination of molecular weight distribution of polystyrene sample by GPC

7

Determination of molecular weight distribution of mono disperse and poly disperse polystyrene sample by GPC

8

To become familiar with the calorimetric technique for analysis of polymers specifically Differential Scanning Calorimeter.

9

Determination of melting point, crystallization rate, glass transition of different brands of polystyrene by DSC

10

Determination of melting point, crystallization rate, glass transition of different PET by DSC

11

To become familiar with the use of rheometer in the determination of molecular weight, shear rate, dilution and temperature dependence of viscosity for water based paints, printing paste, printing inks and resins

12

Determination of melting point of fillers and plasticizers through melting point tester

13

Determination of melting point of different thermoplastic powdered plastic through melting point tester

Polymer Processing Lab

Overall Aims & Objectives of the Lab: To introduce the students with fundamentals and process of polymer processing machines.

Relevant Subject: Polymer Processing (PE-4104)

List of Equipments:This lab is equipped with the following equipments:

No.

EQUIPMENT

1

Manual Blow Molding Machine

2

Manual Injection Molding Machine

3

Compression Molding

4

Injection Molding

5

Blow Molding

6

Extruder

List of Experiments:List of Experiments performed in Polymer Processing Lab is following:

EXPERIMENT No.

TITLE/ OBJECTIVE OF THE EXPERIMENT

1

Production of small bottles using manual hand operated blow molding machine

2

Production of complex small articles/products using hand operated injection molding machine

3

Production of thermosetting articles using compression molding machine

4

Production of complex parts using injection molding machine

  1. Optimizing various operational parameters
  2. Shot size adjustment
  3. Mold adjustment
  4. Injection pressure
  5. Clamping pressure

5

Production of bottles using blow molding machine

6

Recycling and adjustment of recycling ratio of virgin and recycled  polymer on a single screw extruder

Polymer Synthesis Lab

Overall Aims & Objectives of the Lab: The main objective of this lab is to introduce the students with preparation of various polymers using addition polymerization, condensation polymerization and emulsion polymerization.

Relevant Subjects: 

  1. Polymer Material
  2. Polymer Chemistry
  3. Polymer Composites

List of Equipments: This lab is equipped with the following equipments:

No.

APPARATUS/ EQUIPMENT

1

Lab Oven

2

Furnace

3

Refrigerator

4

Overhead Stirrers

5

Magnetic Stirrers

6

Heating Mantles

7

Digital Weighing Balance

8

Miscellaneous Lab Equipment

9

Miscellaneous Lab Chemicals

List of Experiments: List of Experiments performed in Polymer Synthesis Lab is following:

EXPERIMENT No.

TITLE/ OBJECTIVE OF THE EXPERIMENT

1

Synthesis of Micro Elastomers

2

Comparative study of Micro Elastomer

3

Synthesis of Macro Elastomers

4

Comparative study of Macro Elastomer

5

Development of Calcium Alginate fiber

6

Study the effect of textile binder on tensile strength of fabric by Grab method

7

Study the effect of textile binder on tensile strength of fabric by Strip method

8

Study the effect of textile binder on tearing strength of fabric

9

Determination of solid contents of the textile binder

10

Preparation of thickening paste

11

Preparation of printing paste

12

Crocking properties of textile binder

13

Determination of viscosity droppage of the textile binder

14

Synthesis of Starch/PVA blend biodegradable film by solution casting method

15

Preparation of Alginate fibers by Wet Spinning process

16

Synthesis of Phenol-formaldehyde resin by Poly-condensation method

17

Synthesis of aniline- formaldehyde resin by Poly-condensation method

18

Synthesis of Polystyrene resin

19

Determination of solid contents of latex

20

Preparation of Poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA)

21

Determination of percentage of filler/fiber content in polymer composites

22

Determination of ash content of a given polymer

1

Abdul Rehman, Farhan Saeed, Muhammad Shafiq Irfan, Yasir Qayyum Gill, Asif Ali Qaiser, "Polyisoprene / Polybutadiene Rubber Blends Using Silanized Silica Nano-filler for Improved Abrasion Properties for Potential Light Truck Tire Tread Compound.", Advances in Polymer Technology, Vol. 35, No. 4, (2016), pp.4

2

Abdul Rehman, Farhan Saeed , "The Influence of Silanized Silica Nano-filler on the Dynamic Mechanical Properties and Morphological Study of Polyisoprene / Polybutadiene Rubber Blends.", Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 133, No. 48, (2016), pp.48

3

Zubair Khaliq, Byoung Chul Kim, "Molecular characterization on the anomalous viscosity behavior of cellulose solutions in N, N-dimethylacetamide and lithium chloride", Macromolecular Research, Vol. 24, No. 5, (2016), pp.5

4

Zubair Khaliq, Byoung Chul Kim, "Molecular characterization of thermoreversibility and temperature dependent physical properties of cellulose solutions in N, N-dimethylacetamide and lithium chloride", Macromolecular Research, Vol. 24, No. 6, (2016), pp.6

1

Muzammil Mehmood, Zubair Khaliq, Rashid Masood, "Development and absorbency characterization of honey coated alchite fibers for burn wound dressings ", Ist International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing (ICAMP-17), Venue: Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan, (2017)

2

Zubair Khaliq, Muzammil Mehmood, Yasir Nawab, "The polyelectrolyte behavior of cellulose solutions in N,N-dimethylacetamide and lithium chloride ", Ist International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing (ICAMP-17), Venue: Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan, (2017)

3

Zubair Khaliq, Dong Wook Chae, Byoung Chul Kim, "Rheological investigation on the shear and temperature dependent structure formation of polyvinyl alcohol/boric acid solutions in dimethyl sulfoxide", PMS - 2016 , Venue: Bangkok, Thailand, (2016)

4

Zubair Khaliq, Byoung Chul Kim, "Molecular characterization on the concentration and temperature dependent physical properties of cellulose solution in N, N-dimethylacetamide and lithium chloride", IUPAC - 2015, Venue: Busan, South Korea., (2015)

5

Zubair Khaliq, Byoung Chul Kim, "The Structure and Physical Properties of Carbon Nanofibers Prepared from Electrospun Cellulose/PAN Blends.", Carbon - 2014, Venue: Jeju Island, South Korea, (2014)

The overall aims & objectives of this lab course is to give a general understanding to all the basic and key concepts of instrumentation, necessary for the process control. The primary aim of process control is to maintain a process at the desired operating conditions, safely and efficiently, while satisfying environmental and product quality requirements. A proper application of process control can improve the safety and profitability of a process plant.
In this lab Students are expected to learn about the control of ‘Process Parameters’ such a Temperature, Pressure, Level and Flow etc. At the end of this lab course students are thought to develop an ability to install, maintain and calibrate the various instruments being used in different process industries. 

Relevant Subject: - Instrumentation & Process Control (PE-4103)

List of Equipments: - This laboratory is equipped with the following equipments
Sr. No. Equipment General Description Picture
1 Thermocouple Calibration Apparatus This apparatus is widely used for the calibration of different types of thermocouples used in process industries. It is provided with different types of thermocouples, connecting wires, multi meter, furnace (as a heat sources), air blower etc.

2 Time Constant Calculation Apparatus This apparatus is used for the calculation of time constant of mercury (glass-bulb) thermometer. It uses heating mantle, round bottom flask, oil/water, thermocouples, glass bulb thermometers, temperature controller etc.

3 Pressure Gauges Calibration Apparatus This unit serves as a calibration apparatus which is used for the calibration of bourdon pressure gauges. It is equipped with PID controller, compressor, needle valve, solenoid valves, safety valve, digital/master gauge, bourdon pressure gauges, transducer, storage tank etc. It uses air as a gas whose pressure is controlled at any specific desired value and the gauges are accordingly calibrated.

4 Dead Weight Tester It is a calibration apparatus that is most commonly used in process industries for the calibration of bourdon pressure gauges. It uses a piston cylinder on which load is placed to make equilibrium with an applied pressure underneath the piston.

5 Temperature Process Station This unit demonstrates the control of temperature. It is fitted with PID controller, pumps, valves, heaters, bi-metallic gauge, k-type thermocouples, service tank, process tank, stirrer, radiator etc. It uses water as a liquid whose temperature is controlled at any specific desired value inside the process thank.

6 Pressure Process Station This unit demonstrates the control of pressure. It is fitted with PID controller, compressor, needle valve, motorized valve, solenoid valves, safety valve, bourdon pressure gauges, transducer, storage tank, process tank etc. It uses air as a gas whose pressure is controlled at any specific desired value inside the process thank.

7 Level Process Station This unit demonstrates the control of liquid level. It is fitted with PID controller, pump, valves, variable-area flow meter, DP transmitter, feed tank, process tank etc. It uses water as a liquid whose level is controlled at any specific desired value inside the process thank.

8 Flow Process Station This unit demonstrates the control of fluid Flow. It is fitted with PID controller, pump, frequency variable device, manual valve, motorized valve, variable-area flow meter, turbine-type flow meter, feed/process tank etc. It uses water as a liquid whose flow is controlled at any specific desired value inside the process thank.

List of Experiments:-
List of Experiments performed in Instrumentation & Process Control Lab are following:

EXPERIMENT No.

TITLE OF EXPERIMENT

1

To calibrate the Bourdon gauges by using Pressure Calibration Apparatus and report its accuracy.

2

To calibrate the different type of thermocouples with the help of Thermocouple Calibration Apparatus.

3

Calibration of Thermocouples by using Multi-function Calibrator.

4

Study the behavior of Open-loop System on Pressure Process Station and control Pressure with two Solenoid valves.

5

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Pressure Process Station Apparatus and control Pressure of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System. (Solenoid valve#1 and solenoid valve#2)

6

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Pressure Process Station Apparatus and control the Pressure of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System. (Motorized valve)

7

Study the behavior of Open-loop System on Level Control Apparatus and control the Level manually. Also report the difficulties in manual control.

8

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Level Control Apparatus and control the Level of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System. (Pump only)

9

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Level Control Apparatus and control the Level of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System. (Pump & Solenoid valve)

10

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Level Control Apparatus and control the Level of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System. (Motorized valve)

11

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Flow Control Apparatus and control the Flow rate of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System.

12

To investigate the Tuning Parameters of P, PI, PID control actions at the Flow Process Station. Also determine the Optimum Tuning Parameter by using hit and trail method.

13

To determine the Time Constant of mercury-bulb thermometer dipped in an oil bath. Also plot a graph b/w Y(t)/A and t.

14

Study the behavior of Closed-loop System on the Temperature Control Apparatus and control the Temperature of process tank by changing the set point also collect data for the response of disturbance on Closed-loop System.

15

To study the deviation between the control actions of the controller and report which controller is more efficient and why?

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The objective of conducting this lab course is to make the students understand the basic principles of heat and mass transfer science. So they can apply these techniques to real engineering problems.

As the role of heat and mass transfer is immensely important in the design and operation of process plants, power plants, vehicles, refrigerators, air conditioning systems, electronic devices and ventilation of buildings. Therefore this lab course will enable the pupil to understand and practically apply the concepts to systems mentioned above.

As technology advances, engineers are constantly confronted by the need to maximize or minimize heat and mass transfer rates while at the same time maintaining system integrity. In preparing this lab course, the goal was to provide an up-to-date information needed by practicing engineers to deal with heat and mass transfer problems encountered in their daily work. In particular, the students would develop practical competency in the design and operation of heat and mass transfer equipment like shell & tube heat exchanger, plate and frame heat exchanger, tray type dryers, distillation column and gaseous diffusion apparatus etcetera.

List of Equipments: - This laboratory is equipped with the following equipments
Sr. No. Equipment General Description Picture
1 Shell & Tube Heat Exchanger The equipment is used widely in the process industry. This lab scale equipment is used to investigate the heat transfer aspects between the two fluids through a metallic boundary.

2 Plate & Frame Heat Exchanger This, lab scale compact heat exchanger, is used to investigate the heat transfer efficacy through a corrugated metallic plate and compare the results with that of shell & tube heat exchanger to reach a conclusion.

3 Flow Meter Demonstration Apparatus Flow metering devices are encountered widely in polymer and process industry. This equipment incorporates three types of flow metering devices for the fluids. The discharge coefficient of each can be calculated to compare the results.

4 Air Tray Dryer This equipment is used to investigate the rate of drying of moist solids and slurries under various conditions. This unit operation finds extensive applications in the drying of polymeric resins and chips.

5 Batch Distillation Column This equipment is used for the purification and separation of liquid mixture components.

6 Gaseous Diffusion Apparatus This equipment is used to investigate the diffusion tendency of a liquid into a gas. This unit operation finds extensive applications in food and beverage industry.

List of Experiments:-
List of Experiments performed in Unit Operations Lab are following:

EXPERIMENT No.

TITLE OF EXPERIMENT

1

To investigate the effect of flow rate on the efficiency of 1-2 shell and tube heat exchanger.

2

To find out the rate of drying of moist solid using tray dryer.

3

To investigate the effect of air velocity on the rate of drying of moist solid using tray dryer.

4

To investigate the effect of air temperature on the rate of drying of moist solid using tray dryer.

5

To investigate the effect of mass flow rate of water on the discharge coefficient of Rota meter.

6

To determine the mass flow rate with the help of Rota meter and compare it with the actual mass flow rate.

7

To find out the effect of mass flow rate of water on the discharge coefficient of orifice meter.

8

To find out the mass flow rate of water with the help of orifice meter and compare it with the actual mass flow rate.

9

To find out the effect of mass flow rate of water on the discharge coefficient of venturi meter.

10

To determine the mass flow rate of water with the help of venturi meter and compare it with the actual mass flow rate.

11

To determine the diffusion coefficient of gas by evaporation from a liquid surface.

12

Estimation of maximum enrichment attained in a column for a given feed in the batch distillation column.

Contact Us

Contact Name: Dr. Yasir Nawab
Position: Assistant Professor / Chairman
Contact Telephone: +92-41-9230081 - 90 Ext: 210
Contact Fax: +92 (41) 9230098
Office Address: Department of Polymer Engineering, National Textile University , Faisalabad-37610, Pakistan
Email chairmandpe@ntu.edu.pk