Karnataka PGCET Exam Syllabus for Polymer Science and Technology

Post Graduate Common Entrance Test

(PGCET) for admission to M.E/M.Tech/M.Arch course in Karnataka

Visvesvaraya Technological University

“Jnana Sangma”‘  Machhe, Belgaum 590 014


Polymer Science  and Technology




B.E. / B.Tech. in Polymer tech., Rubber Tech./ Plastics  Tech. / Chemical Engg. /  Mechanical  Engg. / I&P. / Textile. /   Fiber technology or AMIE (Chemical Engineering)

Subjects / Topics  from which questions are to be set

1. Fluid mechanics and statics: Types of fluids – shear stress and velocity gradient relation, Newtonian and non-newtonian fluids,  laminar and turbulent flow .  Flow in bouondary layers, Reynolds number, Bernoulli equations, Variation of pressure with height – hydrostatic equilibrium, Barometric equation, Measurement of fluid pressure – monometers

2.Chemical process calculations : Concept of mole, Mole fraction, Compositions of mixtures of solids, liquids and gases. Ideal gas law calculations, general material balance equation for steady  state.


3.Chemical engineering thermodynamics: Basic concepts System, Surrounding and processes, Closed and Open systems, State and Properties, Intensive and Extensive Properties, State and Path functions,  General statement of first law of thermodynamics, First law for cyclic process, P-V-T behaviour of pure fluids, equations of state and ideal gas law, Processes involving ideal gas law; Constant volume, constant pressure, constant temperature,.  Van-der Waals equation,

4. Heat and mass transferModes of heat transfer, unilayer and multiplayer condition, forced and natural convection,  Introduction to molecular diffusion, in gases and liquids,  theories of mass transfer, principles  and  types of distillations

5. Polymer science: Classification of  polymers, Definition of polymerization,  , Chain   polymerization  (free  radical,  ionic  and  co-ordination  polymerizations), Step (condensation) polymerization, copolymerizationMethods of Polymerization (bulk, solution, Suspension, Emulsion,)

6.Polymerization kinetics: Definition of reaction  rate,  order, molecularity,  different  theories of reaction  rate,  activation energy, kinetic expressions for simple first order & second order chemical reactions, kinetics of linear step  reaction  polymerization, kinetics  of  addition polymerization initiated by  free  radical initiator:    steady state  assumption,

7. Processing Technology: Extrusion, Injection moulding, blow moulding Compression moulding. rotational moulding, thermoforming, Calendering.

8.Polymer manufacturing : Industrial production methods  of HDPE, LDPE,  PP, PS, PVC, PMMA,   Nylon 6 and Nylon 66