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Polymer Composites Group (Kessler Research Team) Teaching

Teaching (Iowa State Univ.)

  • Mat E 453. Physical and Mechanical Properties of Plymers. (Dual-listed with 553). (2-3) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 351. (Dual-listed with M S E) Overview of polymer chemical composition, microstructure, thermal and mechanical properties, rheology, and principles of polymer materials selection. Intensive laboratory experiments include chemical composition studies, microstructural characterization, thermal analysis, and mechanical testing. Nonmajor graduate credit. (Spring 2009, Fall 2011)
  • Mat E 454. Polymer Composites and Processing. (Dual-listed with MSE 554.) (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 351. Basic concepts in polymer composites, phase separation and miscibility, microstructures and mechanical behavior. Polymer surfaces and interfaces, rubber toughened plastics, thermoplastic elastomers, block copolymers, fiber reinforced and laminated composites, Techniques of polymer processing and materials selection. Viscosity and rheology of polymers. Polymer melt processing methods such as injection molding and extrusion; selection of suitable processing methods and their applications. Nonmajor graduate credit. (Fall 2006, 2007, 2008, Spring 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Mat E 442. Polymers and Polymer Engineering. (Same as Ch E 442.) (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Ch E 382 and Chem 331 or Mat E 351. Chemistry of polymers, addition and condensation polymerization. Physical and mechanical properties, polymer rheology, production methods. Applications of polymers in the chemical industry. Nonmajor graduate credit. (Spring 2007)
  • Prof. Kessler introduces high school students across Iowa to polymer synthesis and the glass transition via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).

    Engr 160. Engineering Problems with Computer Applications Laboratory. (2-2) Cr. 3. Solving engineering problems and presenting solutions through technical reports. Significant figures. Use of SI units. Graphing and curve-fitting. Flowcharting. Introduction to material balance, mechanics, electrical circuits, statistics and engineering economics. Use of spreadsheet programs to solve and present engineering problems. Solution of engineering problems using computer programming languages. (Spring 2006, 2008, Fall 2009, 2010)


Teaching (Univ. of Tulsa)

  • ME 7863. Experimental Characterization of Composite Materials. (3-0) Cr. 3. Introductory graduate course on the experi me ntal characterization of fiber-reinforced composite materials.  Processing techniques, speci me n preparation, analyses of test me thods, test procedures, and data reduction. Overview of the analysis of composite materials; processing of composite laminates; strain and deformation me asure me nt devices and testing machines; lamina and laminate tensile response, compressive response, shear response, and thermoelastic response; characterization of delamination failure; cure monitoring and thermal analysis; and writing of overview articles based on literature surveys. (Spring 2004)
  • ES 2013. Statics. (3-0) Cr. 3. Statics of particles and rigid bodies, equilibrium of rigid bodies, distributed forces, centroids, forces in beams and cables, friction, and mo me nts of inertia. (Spring 2005)
  • ME 4053. Mechanical Control Design.  (Dual-listed with ME 6453.) (3-0) Cr. 3. Feedback control of mechanical systems. Emphasis on thermal, fluid, and motion systems under feedback control. Classical control topics including Laplace transforms, system modeling, stability theory, s-plane, and root locus and/or frequency-based design. Practical applications to professional practice. (Fall 2003)
  • ME 3053. Instrumentation and Measurements. (2-2) Cr. 3. Basic concepts of measurement methods. Probability and statistical measurements. Measurement uncertainty analysis. Static and dynamic characteristics of signals. Measurement system response to dynamic measurements for zero, first and second order instruments. Selection of instruments for experiments. Design of experiments. Data acquisition. Formal report writing. (Spring 2003, Fall 2003, Fall 2004)
  • ME 1312. Microcomputer Fundamentals for Mechanical Engineers (1-2) Cr. 2. Microcomputer usage in the mechanical engineering profession. Introductory level usage and theory of operating systems, spreadsheets, high-level language programming, and text editing. Computer-based problem solving with emphasis on Mechanical Engineering applications. (Fall 2002, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2005)