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270114 VO Estimation of physical-chemical properties (2021S)

4.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 27 - Chemie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates



Update 2021-06-08:
We switch to a lecture in presence. The 2nd lecture part on fluid properties will take place in lecture hall 2:
Wednesday, 23.06.2021, 10:00-13:00, 15:00-17:30
Thursday, 24.06.2021, 12:00-14:30, 15:00-17:30
Friday, 25.06.2021, 10:00-13:00, 15:00-17:30
Video recording on request.
Participation according to current Covid regulations

Currently the lecture will be provided digitally via Moodle
online lectures:
Thursday, 15:30-17:45 (adjusted in first lecture)
first meeting: 4.3.2021, 13:30


Aims, contents and method of the course

Part 1: Fluid Properties
The availability of reliable data on material properties is essential in chemical engineering and for industrial process layout. This lecture presents an overview of modern methods for the estimation of several physical-chemical properties in fluids. Pure substances as well as mixtures will be explored. Such estimations methods which are saving costs and allow for quick results compared to detailed measurements are heavily used in chemical engineering and process technology all over the world.

The following topics will be tackled:
Critical and other properties of pure substances
PVT properties of pure substances
PVT properties of mixtures
Selected thermodynamic properties
Properties of ideal gases
Vapour pressure and vaporisation enthalpy
Transport properties

Goal 1:
Understanding of application oriented methods for physical-chemical fluid property estimations

Part 2: Viscoelasticity of Polymers: a glimpse into a complex system

Polymers show an unusual mechanical response when a stress or strain is applied. The response is between solid-like and fluid-like. Therefore, polymers are an example for a complex fluid. In the lecture we will use basic considerations on the intra- and intermolecular interactions of macromolecules to discuss models for the complex viscoelastic properties of polymers and polymer solutions. The viscoelasticity of polymers also gives rise to the formation of glasses. This will also be presented in the lecture. Applying thermodynamic and statistical methods which are known from the Bachelor courses in Physical Chemistry we will study the following topics:
- ideal elastic behaviour of an ion lattice
- relaxation processes
- ideal fluid behaviour in Newtonian fluids
- introduce a model for viscoelastic behaviour
- polymer conformation
- polymer solutions
o dilute
o semi-dilute
- viscoelastic properties of polymers (in solution)
- glass transition of polymers

Goal 2: basic understanding of viscoelastic behaviour and dynamics with focus on macromolecules.

Lectures, problems

For the time being the lectures will be digital offline or online via Moodle. The offline lectures will be supported by a 45 minutes review session/flipped classroom.

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral exam - digital via BigBlueButton
Exams will be according to prior agreement
permitted aid: exclusively calculator

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

minimum requirement:
A positive rate requires a solid basic knowledge and understanding of both lecture parts.

evaluation standards:
sehr gut - excellent performance, is able to reproduce (nearly) the entire content of the lecture, shows good understanding of the content and its context
gut - good knowledge of the lecture content with a little shakiness, basic understanding of content and context
befriedigend - middle-rate performance
genügend - clear deficits, but able to reproduce main contents of the lecture with support
nicht-genügend: inacceptable lack of knowledge on the lecture content

Examination topics

Topics presented in lecture and material provided in moodle.

Reading list

Lüdecke, Lüdecke: Thermodynamik (only in german available)
Iwao Teroka, Polymer Solutions, Wiley, New York, 2002
P.C. Hiemenz, T.P. Lodge, Polymer Chemistry, 2nd ed.,CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2007

Association in the course directory

MC-3, PC-5, D.4

Last modified: Fr 15.10.2021 15:48