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PLE- 305 Extrusion Theory and Applications (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Application of advanced theory in extrusion, extrusion blow molding, and thermoforming. Material specifications, part designs, die or mold designs, plasticating process and equipment, and control and monitoring systems will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: take MFGT-250, MFGE-275 and ENGGR-210

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PLE- 310 Injection Molding Theory, Design and Application (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Builds on basic injection molding knowledge with an emphasis on design, process cause and effect, troubleshooting, advanced molding techniques, cycle time reduction efforts, thermal management techniques, and rapid prototyping.

Prerequisites: take MFGT-341, MFGE-275, and ENGGR-210

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PLE- 340 Process Simulation and Analysis (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Concepts of process modeling and simulation including rheological and thermal behavior of polymers during processing. Practical applications are analyzed utilizing commercial simulation software.

Prerequisites: take PLE-305 and PLE-310; Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: MFGE-391

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PLE- 349 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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PLE- 360 Testing and Analysis of Plastics (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Mechanical, rheological, and thermal properties of plastics. Theoretical principles are combined with laboratory experimentation to identify and characterize plastics in order to evaluate how the properties relate to processing and part performance.

Prerequisites: take MFGE-275, MECH-294, and CHEM-325

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PLE- 405 Capstone I: Process/Product Design (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Design of a product, process,and/or experiment(s) to perform a useful function or solve an industry-based or independent research problem related to plastics engineering. Requires knowledge in research, problem solving, teamwork, communication skills, project management, documentation, and experimentation.

Corequisites: take PLE-340, PLE-360 and INMGT-422 concurrently.

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PLE- 410 Capstone II: Process/Product Development (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
A study of process and/or product development through 1) applied research and experimentation, or 2) the design, building, and testing of a product assembly, used to perform a useful function or solve an industry-based/independent research problem. Process documentation and experimental analyses will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: take PLE-405, MFGE-415 (prerequisite or co-requisite), MFGE-363, and MFGE-325

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PLE- 420 Transport Phenoma for Plastics Engineers (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Fluid dynamics and heat transfer applied to plastics processing. Plastic flow behavior as a non-Newtonian fluid with shear heating. Effects of operating conditions and mold/die design on filling behavior, cooling rates, and part characteristics. Finite difference and iterative calculations employed with comparison to fluid flow simulation software.

Prerequisites: take MFGE-275, MFGE-391, and PLE-340 or concurrent enrollment

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PLE- 449 Cooperative Education Experience (1.00 - 8.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.
Department consent

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PLE- 499 Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: Yes

Department consent

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