Predict polymer properties and characteristics

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Assessment Template
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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Elements and Performance Criteria




Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1. Predict the impact of processing conditions on polymer properties.

1.1 Predict property changes due to molecular weight and temperature.

1.2 Identify the glass transition temperature and melting point relative to ambient temperature.

1.3 Describe the morphological changes occurring to polymers as the temperature is raised to typical moulding conditions.

1.4 Describe the effect of cooling rate on polymer morphology.

1.5 Predict potential product dimension/shape changes due to internal stresses resulting from molecular orientation.

1.6 Determine the affect of post-mould annealing on the degree of crystallisation and crystal.

2. Predict physical properties of polymers from their morphology.

2.1 Predict the effects on physical properties of:


crystal size

degree of crystallisation

molecular orientation

2.2 Predict shrinkage from morphology.

3. Determine likely physical failures of polymers.

3.1 Determine impact of physical use conditions on physical failure.

3.2 Determine impact of polymer characteristics on physical failure.

4. Organise and interpret polymer tests.

4.1 Describe melt flow properties from flow data.

4.2 Choose appropriate test type to measure desired criteria.

4.3 Specify relevant standard test method.

4.4 Interpret test result, making allowance for possible variations in test.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PMBTECH401B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PMB50107 - Diploma of Polymer Technology
  • PMB40107 - Certificate IV in Polymer Technology
  • PMB60107 - Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology
  • MSA50108 - Diploma of Manufacturing Technology
  • MSA60108 - Advanced Diploma of Manufacturing Technology