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SD2510 Experimental Methods for Biobased Materials 7.0 credits

The course consists of four laboratory exercises where biobased materials are manufactured, their structure is analysed and their properties are measured. The exercises require literature studies, application of theory during data analysis and result in qualified technical reports.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2510 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Manufacturing of biocomposite material, microscopy and analysis of biocomposites. Mechanical properties of biobased materials, anisotropy. Moisture adsorption and swelling of biobased materials.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

- manufacture biobased materials

- prepare specimens and use microscopy to characterize composite microstructure, and apply digital image analysis to quantify this structure

- prepare specimens for mechanical testing and carry out such testing, and analyze the results using appropriate theory

- prepare specimens for moisture experiments, and analyze the results using appropriate theory

- prepare concise literature surveys based on technical journal articles

- write technical reports in scientific style

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SD2500 or SD2505 or “fördjupningsarbete” in lightweight structures or solid mechanics or similar.

Recommended prerequisites

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Carlsson and Pipes, ”Experimental mechanics of composites”

Journal papers listed at start of the course.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB3 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB4 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Four approved lab reports.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

SCI/Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Packaging materials.