GATE 2019 Syllabus for Polymer Science and Engineering (XE-F)

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About Polymer Science and Engineering

In material science, polymer science is a subdivision. Such as plastics and elastomers, it involves polymers, primarily synthetic polymers. Of polymer materials and engineering applications, Polymer science deals with the properties. The characterization of polymers is concerned with the analysis of chemical structure, morphology, and the determination of physical properties in relation to compositional and structural parameters. The field of polymer science includes researchers in multiple disciplines including chemistry, physics, and engineering.

The evolving polymer field, from synthesis to engineering and physics, and the department offers graduate studies to a very large extent. Cross-discipline research is integral to the polymer science and engineering program and most often involves departments such as physics, chemistry, biology, and chemical engineering. PSE students and faculty participate extensively in collaborative research programs with various universities and at national laboratories.


Syllabus of Polymer Science and Engineering – GATE 2019

Chemistry of high polymers


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


Polymer Characterization

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; Solubility and swelling, the concept of average molecular weight;


Synthesis and properties

Commodity and general purpose thermoplastics: PE, PP, PS, PVC, Polyesters; Unsaturated polyester, Alkyds; Natural and synthetic rubbers: Recovery of NR hydrocarbon from latex, SBR, Nitrile, CR, CSM, EPDM, IIR, BR, Silicone, TPE; Acrylic, PU  polymers; Engineering  Plastics:  Nylon,  PC,  PBT,  PSU,  PPO,  ABS, Fluoropolymers Thermosetting polymers; PF, MF, UF, Epoxy;


Polymer blends and composites

Their significance, thermodynamics, phase morphology, polymer alloys, polymer eutectics, plastic-plastic, rubber-plastic and rubber-rubber blends, FRP, particulate, long and short fibre reinforced composites; choice of polymers for blending, blend miscibility-miscible and immiscible blends; Difference between blends and composites;


Polymer Technology

Polymer compounding-need and significance, cross-linking and vulcanization, vulcanization kinetics; different compounding ingredients for rubber and plastics;


Polymer Rheology

Parallel plate, cone-plate rheometer; Visco-elasticity-creep and stress relaxations, mechanical models, control of rheological characteristics through compounding, rubber curing in parallel plate viscometer, ODR and MDR; dependence of shear modulus on temperature, molecular/segmental deformations at different zones and transitions; Flow of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, different flow equations, Measurements of rheological parameters by capillary rotating;


Polymer processing

Blow moulding, rubber processing in two-roll mill, internal mixer; extrusion, pultrusion, calendaring, rotational moulding; reaction injection moulding; Compression moulding, thermoforming; Transfer moulding, injection molding;


Polymer testing

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


Exam Pattern for GATE 2019


Exam Pattern for GATE 2019
Section Question No No of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks
General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5
  6 to 10 5 2 10
Technical &  Engineering 1 to 25 25 1 25
Mathematics 26 to 55 30 2 60


Total Questions: 65

Total Marks: 100

Total Duration: 3 hours

Technical Section: 70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks

Engineering Mathematics: 15 marks

25 marks to 40 marks will be allotted to Numerical Answer Type Questions

Polymer Science and Engineering Reference books – GATE 2019

  •  Fundamentals of Polymer Science and Technology by Anshu Srivastava and Shakun Srivastava
  • Polymer Science and Technology (third edition): Plastics, Rubbers, Blends, and Compositions by Premamoy Ghosh
  • Fundamentals of Polymer Engineering by Neil K. Petchers, Rakesh K. Gupta, Anil Kumar
  • Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering by Rudin Alfred
  • Biorelated Polymers: Sustainable Polymer Science and Technology by Emo Chiellini, Helena Gil, Gerhart Braunegg, Johanna Buchert, Paul Gatenholm, Maarten van der Zee
  • Polymer Science and Technology (second edition) by Joel R. Fried
  • Fundamentals of Polymer Engineering by Anil Kumar and Rakesh Gupta
  • Principles of Polymer Systems by F. Rodriguez
  • Polymer Science by V. R. Gorwankar, N. V. Vishwanathan, J. Sreedhar
  • Textbook of Polymer Science by F. W. Billmeyer
  • Polymer Chemistry by P. C. Heimenz
  • Advances in Polymer Science and Engineering by Pae
  • The Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering by Rudin A
  • Electrophysical Phenomena in the Tribology of Polymers by A. I. Sviridenok, V. N. Kestelman, A. F. Klimovich
  • The Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering by Alfred Rudin Phillip Choi
  • Textbook Of Polymer Science by Fred W. Billmeyer
  • Polymers: Chemistry and Physics of Modern Materials by J. M. G. Cowie; N. Thornes
  • Introduction to Polymers by R. J. Young and P. A. Lovell
  • Polymer Chemistry: An Introduction by Malcolm P. Stevens
  • Polymer Chemistry by B.K. Sharma
  • Polymer Chemistry by Davis
  • Introductory Polymer Chemistry by G.S. Misra
  • Polymer Chemistry by Rolf Mülhaupt and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
  • Polymer Chemistry: The Basic Concepts by Paul C. Hiemenz and Timothy P. Lodge
  • The Chemistry of Polymers by John W. Nicholson
  • Principles of Polymer Chemistry by A Ravve


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