Sustainable materials manufacturing is a vital sector of the U.S. economy. Sustainable materials and manufacturing develops products using processes and materials that require less energy, consume fewer resources, create a smaller waste stream, and produce less pollution than comparable materials and processes.
Radiation curing processes (ultraviolet light and electron beam), an innovative high-growth field in this advanced manufacturing sector, currently represents a $1 billion/year industry in North America. While this important and growing field is transforming the advanced manufacturing and technical industries, specialized training is drastically limited – until now!
Given the importance and growth of this sector, along with its positive and important environmental relationship, RCP will equip you to fill and/or to advance in roles in this field. RCP serves participants entering the UV/EB field and serves as a valuable opportunity for mid-career professional development and renewal for individuals with considerable experience in this field.
The convenient and affordably-priced online approach entails instructional presentations, synchronous and asynchronous interaction, directed readings, and related learning activities.
Program outcomes include:
You may register for one or more courses simultaneously. Typically, depending upon your background and experience, you will be best served by beginning with Introduction to Polymer Coatings.
Introduction to Polymer Coatings
BPE 510 / 3 credits / September 8-November 14, 2014 / Online
Fundamental science of polymerization and film formation for a wide class of organic coatings, including acrylics, latexes, polyesters, amino resins, epoxies, alkyds, and silicon derivatives as well as the integration of appropriate binders and additives affecting coating quality. Reaction chemistries and their distinguishing characteristics for several cross-linking agents. Reaction kinetics are considered with emphasis on the influence of conditions during synthesis. Various organic coatings are compared based on desired mechanical and optical properties along with specific applications. The nature of defects and the resulting effect on product lifetime of coatings are examined.
Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies
BPE 536 / 3 credits / September 22-December 5, 2014 / Online
Broad treatment of development and use of radiation curing of polymer technologies as they apply to industry-related roles such as chemists, engineers, technicians, and managers. Properties and development of free-radical and cationic systems initiated by various radiation sources. Chemical and physical underpinnings of common radiation curable materials and mechanisms. Analysis techniques that monitor the cure reaction and the properties of cured material. Emphasis on the considerations and challenges in common applications of radiation curable polymer systems and associated costs, regulatory, and safety considerations.
Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety
BPE 511 / 3 credits / September 22-November 14, 2014 / Online
Technologies used for commercial radiation curing for energy-efficient and environmentally-responsible curing of resins, inks, coatings and adhesives pertinent to industry chemists, engineers, technicians, and managers. Ultraviolet radiation (UV), electron beam (EB), radio frequency (RF) and Infrared (IR) generating systems, along with ancillary equipment used to quantify energy deposition. Basic equipment functions, interaction of radiation sources with specific substrates and chemistries, benefits and drawbacks of each technology, and safety and handling considerations. Emphasis is placed on effectively selecting and justifying equipment appropriate for specific applications.
Principles of Energy Curing Technologies
September 8- December 5, 2014 / Online
Principles of Energy Curing Technologies is an online, self-paced short-course designed to provide you the opportunity to explore the innovative and rapidly growing field of energy curing in a cost-effective and convenient way. The online course is typically completed in 4-6 total hours, although to accommodate workplace and other demands, participants will have four weeks, between September 8th and December 5th, to fulfill the course requirements. Within the short-course, you will learn the basic language and concepts of energy curing technologies. Active engagement with all of the modules will provide you with a broad overview of the science, materials, equipment, and processes used in energy curing. At the end of the course, you will be able to recommend a high-level course of action when presented with a problem that may be solved by energy curing technologies and understand the advantages and disadvantages of equipment and curing technologies commonly used in the industry.
The RCP is designed for current employees in radiation curing related industries as well as those preparing to enter the field. Whether you are in raw materials, formulation, equipment, regulation or an end-user in the coatings industry, the Radiation Curing Program will equip you to fill roles and advance in this field. RCP introduces fundamentals of polymer chemistry pertinent to functional inks, coatings, resins and adhesives. Courses address the industrial applications of radiation curable resins, the advantages of various curing techniques with common commercially available equipment, and the environmental impacts / financial costs of radiation curable chemistries.