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GATE Syllabus for Polymer Science and Engineering

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GATE Syllabus for Polymer Science and Engineering is as follows:

General Aptitude (GA)

Verbal Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction.

Numerical Ability: Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning and data interpretation.

Polymer Science and Engineering

Chemistry of high polymers: Monomers, functionality, degree of polymerizations, classification of polymers, glass transition, melting transition, criteria for rubberiness, polymerization methods: addition and condensation; their kinetics, metallocene polymers and other newer techniques of polymerization, copolymerization, monomer reactivity ratios and its significance, kinetics, different copolymers, random, alternating, azeotropic copolymerization, block and graft copolymers, techniques for copolymerization-bulk, solution, suspension, emulsion.

Polymer Characterization: Solubility and swelling, concept of average molecular weight, determination of number average, weight average, viscosity average and Z-average molecular weights, polymer crystallinity, analysis of polymers using IR, XRD, thermal (DSC, DMTA, TGA), microscopic (optical and electronic) techniques.

Synthesis and properties: Commodity and general purpose thermoplastics: PE, PP, PS, PVC, Polyesters, Acrylic, PU polymers. Engineering Plastics: Nylon, PC, PBT, PSU, PPO, ABS, Fluoropolymers Thermosetting polymers: PF, MF, UF, Epoxy, Unsaturated polyester, Alkyds. Natural and synthetic rubbers: Recovery of NR hydrocarbon from latex, SBR, Nitrile, CR, CSM, EPDM, IIR, BR, Silicone, TPE.
Polymer blends and composites: Difference between blends and composites, their significance, choice of polymers for blending, blend miscibility-miscible and immiscible blends, thermodynamics, phase morphology, polymer alloys, polymer eutectics, plastic-plastic, rubber-plastic and rubber-rubber blends, FRP, particulate, long and short fibre reinforced composites.

Polymer Technology: Polymer compounding-need and significance, different compounding ingredients for rubber and plastics, crosslinking and vulcanization, vulcanization kinetics.

Polymer rheology: Flow of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, different flow equations, dependence of shear modulus on temperature, molecular/segmental deformations at different zones and transitions. Measurements of rheological parameters by capillary rotating, parallel plate, cone-plate rheometer. viscoelasticity-creep and stress relaxations, mechanical models, control of rheological characteristics through compounding, rubber curing in parallel plate viscometer, ODR and MDR. Polymer processing: Compression molding, transfer molding, injection molding, blow molding, reaction injection molding, extrusion, pultrusion, calendaring, rotational molding, thermoforming, rubber processing in two-roll mill, internal mixer.

Polymer testing: Mechanical-static and dynamic tensile, flexural, compressive, abrasion, endurance, fatigue, hardness, tear, resilience, impact, toughness. Conductivity-thermal and electrical, dielectric constant, dissipation factor, power factor, electric resistance, surface resistivity, volume resistivity, swelling, ageing resistance, environmental stress cracking resistance.

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    myself Brajyadav, i have completed chemistry can i do in polymer .please reply

  2. leena

    I am a BE chemical from Mumbai University .i want to do Mtech in Polymer science and engineering.
    So will it be easy to crack a GATE for me as i am a chemical engineer?

  3. suresh

    To Mukesh and Jignesh,
    You can get an M.Sc. in Polymer Science, not M.Tech. M.Tech will be in Polymer Engineering not Science. Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering are two different majors. The relation between Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is similar to Physics and Electronics Engineering. Physics gives the basics for Electronics Engineering. But Electronics is not Physics!

    Typically, an ‘M.Sc. in Polymer Science’ and ‘M.Tech in Polymer Engineering’ will not have even one subject in common when it comes to their respective syllabus.
    M.Tech admission in most colleges is given based on your ‘GATE exam’ score.

  4. jignesh patel

    iam surface coating technology student so plz tell me how i can prepare for….what is the future of polymer science.

  5. Mukesh Kumar

    Dear All,
    I am a B.Tech.Paint Technology from H.B.T.I.Kanpur having around 6 years industrial experience.I am interested for M.TECH.POLYMER SCIENCE.So,plz suggest me it will be better for me or not.

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