Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student

  • Is familiar with the potential of synthetic polymers in composite technology
  • Knows the role of reinforcement, matrix and interface in a composite system
  • Knows the principles of load sharing and reinforcement processes in short and long fibre reinforced composites and the influence of fibre architecture on composite properties
  • Can use simple micromechanical models to predict selected composite properties
  • Can evaluate the compatibility between polymer and reinforcement/filler systems and is familiar with the main methods of controlling compatibility
  • Knows the methods to process thermosetting and thermoplastic polymer composites into various products
  • Can make a literature study and present his/her study orally

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 20.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mark Hughes

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mark Hughes

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Fibre reinforced polymer matrix composites; reinforcement, matrix and interface; principles of load sharing; elastic and inelastic stress transfer; elastic deformation of long-fibre composites; fracture and failure of composites; fibre architecture; thermoset and thermoplastic polymer composites processing; applications for FRPs.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    Project work and presentation

    Self-study for exam

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr = 135 h

    Lectures 14 h

    Project work and presentation 81 h

    Self-study for exam 40 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Lecture slides
    • D. Hull, and T. W. Clyne. “An Introduction to Composite Materials” (Cambridge Solid State Science Series)
    • M.R. Piggott. “Load bearing fibre composites”
    • Other materials introduced in class

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    KE-100.4100 Polymer Composites

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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