Fibre Composites - Materials and Manufacturing

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This course aims to provide basic insight into and practical experience of materials-, manufacturing-, and post-manufacturing-related issues important to successfully design with polymer composites.

After the course you should be able to:

  • understand composite related terminology
  • name and describe the most common composite material systems and manufacturing processes
  • explain how a composite material behaves at thermal, mechanical and environmental load based on the inherent materials micro structure
  • for the most common manufacturing processes, explain the physics behind different composite manufacturing steps
  • estimate the mechanical properties (as stiffness and strength) for a composite material, using simple rules
  • perform and analyse mechanical tests on a composite material and explain discrepancies to predicted mechanical properties
  • design a composite component in terms of selecting material, manufacturing process and post-processing method
  • select a feasible strategy for quality control
  • understand composite specific issues considering joining and repair of composite components
  • make discussions on life cycle costs for composite component


Introduction and applications, constituent materials, properties, micromechanics, manufacturing techniques, machining, joining, repair, destructive and non-destructive testing, recycling, and health and safety. Compulsory elements of the course include 

  • a project assignment including 2 oral presentations, 1 written report (4 chapters), 4 peer-review reports
  • a laboratory assignment including one composite manufacturing part, a analysis report and a experimental testing part 
  • an oral examination

The course is given in English.


Base program B, F, M, T, or equivalent.


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