PVC science and technology
Frequency: Once every two years
Duration: One Week
Date of next course: Monday 16th - Friday 20th September 2013
Venue: Loughborough University, Keith Green Building and
Department of Materials
Cost (excluding accommodation): £1280
Included in the cost are: Tuition, Lab practicals, Printed course booklet, Formal course welcome dinner at Burleigh Court(Monday), lunch and other daytime refreshments.
Download PVC Booking form 2013
For your convenience we have reserved accommodation at Burleigh Court for a special discounted rate of £92.40 per night Bed and Breakfast for course delegates.
Burleigh Court is a 4-star hotel offering 225 luxury en-suite bedrooms and luxurious leisure club, just a short walk from the course venue.
To book your accommodation please contact:
IMAGO RESERVATIONS on +44 (0)1509 228140
When booking quote: EVENT REFERENCE CODE 172324
Room bookings require a credit / debit card to guarantee the booking and delegates are responsible for payment of their account on departure.
An intensive course taught over a one-week period comprising lectures, practicals and discussions with staff.
This course is specifically designed for people in the PVC industry who need to gain more expert knowledge in their field.
PVC short course delegates in 2010 with Professor Marianne Gilbert and Stuart Patrick
For further information:
Telephone: (0) 1509 228592
Telephone: (0) 1509 223158
This event has been recognised by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining for PD.
‘Professional development is the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skill, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional, managerial and technical duties throughout the practitioner’s working life.’
Disclaimer - Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the details of this course are accurate, Loughborough University Department of Materials reserves the right to alter the course content and/or lecturers if the need should arise.
This course is ideal if you are working in the PVC industry and need to increase your knowledge of PVC. It has been designed specifically for industrialists and is particularly aimed at people working in process development/support; QA; product development and technical service.
The course covers the complete range of PVC technology from its polymerisation through to its many and varied applications. It uniquely focuses on the interface between theory and application showing how you can relate key fundamentals to the processing of PVC and the performance of PVC products.
In this way you and your company will benefit from being able to:
- Choose resin type in order to optimise performance
- Conclude how formulation and processing conditions influence the gelation and properties of PVC
- Correlate material characteristics with mechanical properties
- Understand how mechanical properties influence product performance
- Participate more fully in your development projects
- Confidently discuss and identify requirements with suppliers, customers and workplace colleagues
- Understand the position of PVC in the market place and the environment
Throughout the week you will have ample opportunity to clarify these issues and your specific interests in one-to-one free-time discussions with the lecturers. Our main aim is to give you the knowledge, understanding and confidence that you need to develop your role within your company.
PVC short course delegates in 2012 with Barry Haworth and Stuart Patrick
PLEASE NOTE: This programme from 2012 is an example. The programme for September 2013 will be available to view closer to the date of the event, but will be broadly similar to this example. (All published programmes may be subject to changes due to circumstances)
09.30–09.45 Course Introduction/Delegates Introduction -- Prof M Gilbert
09.45–10.30 Introduction to Plastic Materials -- Prof M Gilbert
10.30–11.00 PVC Grades; Molecular Weight; Structure/ Morphology -- Prof M Gilbert
11.00–11.15 Refreshment Break
11.15–12.00 VCM Polymerisation I -- Prof B W Brooks
12.45–13.45 VCM Polymerisation II -- Prof B W Brooks
13.45–14.00 Practicals – Introduction/Arrangements -- Dr D J Hitt
14.15–17.15 Practicals -- Dr D J Hitt
19.00 for 19.30 Welcome Dinner Burleigh Court, -- Delegates and Lecturers
09.00–09.45 Additives I: Stabilisers; Lubricants; Modifiers; Plasticizers; Fillers -- Mr S G Patrick
09.45–10.45 Fusion -- Prof M Gilbert
10.45–11.00 Refreshment Break
11.00–11.45 Flexibles – Properties and Performance -- Prof M Gilbert
11.45–12.45 Introduction to Mechanical Properties -- Dr D J Hitt
13.45–14.45 Consultation and Discussion between Delegates and Lecturers
14.45–15.45 Processing 1 – Introduction & Thermal Properties -- Mr B Haworth
15.45–16.00 Refreshment Break
16.00–17.00 PVC Global Manufacturers and Markets -- Speaker TBA
08.45–10.00 Processing 2 – Flow Properties / Rheology -- Mr B Haworth
10.00–11.00 Rigid PVC Foam -- Dr N Thomas
11.00–11.30 Refreshment Break and Group Photo
11.30–12.30 Processing PVC 1– Mixing, Extrusion & Calendering -- Mr B Haworth
14.00–17.00 Practicals -- Dr D J Hitt
09.00–09.45 Additives II: Stabilisers; Lubricants; Modifiers; Plasticizers; Fillers -- Mr S G Patrick
09.45–10.45 Mechanical Performance of Rigid PVC -- Dr D J Hitt
10.45–11.00 Refreshment Break
11.00–12.15 Processing PVC 2 – Mixing, Extrusion & Calendering -- Mr B Haworth
14.00–17.00 Practicals -- Dr D J Hitt
09.00–09.45 Flexible Applications: Film; Sheet; Plastisols -- Prof M Gilbert /Mr S G Patrick
09.45–10.30 Environmental 1: Current Attitudes; Voluntary Commitment; Life Cycles; Recycling -- Dr J Leadbitter
10.30–10.45 Refreshment Break
10.45–11.45 Environmental 2: Current Attitudes; Voluntary Commitment; Life Cycles; Recycling -- Dr J Leadbitter
11.45–12.15 Feedback, Closing Comments -- Prof M Gilbert/Dr N L Thomas/Mr S G Patrick
Lunch and Depart
The practicals are designed to complement the lecture content and have a project theme. Formulations are mixed, processed and then evaluated thus ensuring full understanding of the whole process. There are three separate sessions:
- Processing: Mixing; milling; extrusion
- Material Characteristics: Thermal analysis of stability and fusion; rheological evaluation of mixing
- Mechanical performance: Tensile and impact measurement
The lecturers are Loughborough University and Industry based. In this way we ensure that the key elements relevant to industry are brought out and developed.
Marianne Gilbert - Professor of Polymer Technology at Loughborough University Department of Materials. Over 30 years experience in PVC research and with particular expertise in characterisation and structure.
Brian Brooks – Professor in Chemical Engineering. Extensive experience in vinyl chloride polymerisation having set up the only polymerisation unit now operational in European Universities.
Barry Haworth – Senior Lecturer in Polymer Processing at Loughborough University Department of Materials. Specialising in the rheology and processing of PVC compounds having previously worked in industry on PVC processing.
Dave Hitt – Research Fellow at Loughborough University Department of Materials and Manager of the Polymer Processing Laboratory. Main area of expertise is in the characterisation and mechanical testing of PVC.
Noreen Thomas – Senior Lecturer in Polymer Technology at Loughborough University Department of Materials. Extensive industrial experience of PVC manufacturing and applications relating to building products.
Stuart Patrick – Consultant: Chairman of the IOM3 PVC Committee and a recognised industrial expert having specialised in supplying additives to the PVC industry.
Plus additional industrial speaker(s) – to be confirmed.
If you prefer not to use the online store and wish to book and pay by cheque or bank transfer, you can download a booking form here.