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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Equipment.


20th Edition
15 ECTS (105 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Start date: February 2021
End date: July 2021
Monday: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
Centre de Disseny d'Equips Industrials (CDEI-UPC)
C/ Llorens Artigues, 4-6. Edifici U, planta 0
Why this programme?
Designing industrial machines and equipment in this industry involves producing polymers, elastomers and compound materials that must comply with a wide variety of requirements like shape, aspect, environmental behaviour, production volume according to cost, etc. Nowadays the designer has a growing diversity of compliant materials and processes at their disposition. Special attention is given to the processes that allow for a high degree of versatility when manufacturing in small production runs.

The purpose of this postgraduate course is to provide the knowledge and tools needed to make the best decisions in terms of the functions, shapes, materials and processes based on the requirements of each polymer, elastomer or compound material they wish to design and implement these decisions during this course by doing component design exercises.
  • To get a better understanding of materials and processes.
  • Learn about the newest trends and information related to new materials and processes.
  • To learn how to selection methodologies for binomial processes-materials.
  • Evaluate the costs associated with manufacturing components (materials, processes, implements, production series¿).
Who is it for?
  • Industrial Engineers with advanced or associates degrees.
  • Professionals that work on product and industrial equipment design.
  • Degree holders in specialised technical areas that want to broaden their knowledge.
  • Mechanical Engineers.
  • Electrical Engineers.

Training Content

List of subjects
12 ECTS 105h
Plastic and elastomer component design
  • Introduction to Plastics and Elastomers
    • Material properties and selection criteria.
    • Plastic materials: Thermo-mechanic characteristics and behaviour over time.
    • The main groups of plastics materials and their applications.
    • Introduction to technical plastics.
    • Special materials for making plastic components: additives and charges.
    • Introduction to elastomers.
  • Manufacturing Processes for Plastic Components
    • Introduction to injected plastics.
    • Other injection processes.
    • Extrusion and thermoforming.
    • Other plastics manufacturing technologies.
    • A visit to an extruded plastics factory.
    • A visit to an injected plastics factory.
  • Design and Calculations for Plastic Components
    • Criteria for designing components.
    • Designing components (gears, bearings, flexible joints, click-ins, screw joints, planar sliding joints...).
    • Adhesive joints.
    • Welded joints.
    • Computer simulations.
    • Rapid prototype and pre-series techniques.
  • Elastomer Components
    • Rubber families. Characteristics and tolerances.
    • Rubber manufacturing processes and specifications.
    • Thermoplastic elastomer components.
    • Silicones and polyurethanes.
    • Elastomer based components on the market.
  • Compound Material Components
    • Introduction to composite materials and definitions.
    • Piece calculations for composite materials.
    • Design and calculations tools used for composite materials.
    • Compound materials manufacturing technologies.
    • Compound materials applications and components.
    • A visit to a composite materials production company.
Proyecto de Curso de posgrado de Diseño de Componentes de Plástico y Elastómer en el Equipamiento Industrial
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.
Range of modules
This postgraduate course is part of the training track for the master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Equipment .
The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.
Master's degree:
relation Postgraduate courses:

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Head of industrial equipment for the improvement of manufacturing and assembly.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Teaching staff
  • Adolphs, Georg

    Global Technical Marketing Manager Wind Energy in Owens Corning.
  • Papis Labanda, Francisco

    Mechanical Industrial Technical Engineer by the UPC and Master in Project Management by the Univ. Ramon Llull. Senior International Account Manager, SABIC Petrochemicals.
  • Riba Romeva, Carles

    Doctor Industrial Engineer at the UPC. Professor emeritus at the UPC and President of CMES (Collective for a new sustainable energy and social model).

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