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MPM052 - Composite and nanocomposite materials
Owner: TMASA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0103 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   Contact examiner,  27 Aug 2007 am M

In programs

MAMAS MSc PROGR IN ADVANCED MATERIALS - Basic and applied materials science and eng., Year 1 (elective)
TMASA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - Engineering metals, Year 4 (elective)


Professor  Rodney Rychwalski


MPM051   Composite materials


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

For Mechanical Engineering (Chalmers) students selecting this course:
the Polymeric materials advanced course (MPM080) is recommended but
Polymeric materials(MPM079) is acceptable.
A basic course in Strength of materials is a prerequisite.
For PhD and IMP students selecting this course: available to PhD
students in Materials Science & Engineering, and students admitted to
IMP ADVANCED MATERIALS programme. For all other students wanting to read
this course: contact the examiner.


The aims of this course are four-fold to provide: 1) the materials and
basic mechanics understandings of composites and nanocomposites, 2) the
theories and practical aspects for composites towards engineering and
research, 3) the overall strategy for an expert in the field of
composites and nanocomosites: you will understand the complete chain:
constituents-structure-processing-properties-applications, 4) the recent
trends and developments in nanocomposites; this making a large
technological impact.


Polymer matrix composites (PMCs) form the dominating class of composites and thus PMCs are given the main attention in the course. Starting from 2003/04 also metallic matrix composites (MMCs) and ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are included in the course. There are many applications and great expectations connected to composites, among others in the automotive, aerospace and microelectronics industries. Conventional composites (called also microcomposites) with reinforcement in the micrometer range (fibres and particulates) are discussed in the course. Starting from 2002/03 nanocomposites using nanometer size reinforcement are also included. The first ones are still given the prime position in the course, but the importance of the latter ones is increasing. Nanocomposites are already making a large impact in science and engineering.
The red line through the course is: constituents-structure-properties-processing-applications. Thus, we will start with discussing reinforcing fibres and particulates and also matrices (all these are jointly called constituents), and next proceed to the material structure, from where properties/engineering performances will be uderstood. For composite material processing (or manufacturing) must be strictly combined with performances-and in fact it is in the course. Finally applications will be possible to understand. To better understand the connections in the above chain leading to an application, a PBL project (project based learning) called a JOURNAL in the course is introduced. Here, you will choose an application and apply course knowledge to develop it. Examples of applications are: aircraft wing, wind turbine, automotive engine piston etc ).
Thus, the course gives a rather complete training in composites and nanocomposites, and should be of value to future engineers and scientists, PhD students, and engineers in the industry, primarly working with materials.
The frameworks of materials science, polymer physics and technology, and mechanics of composite materials are mainly used.
About 40% of the course is computational while the remaining part is descriptive. Careful guidence is provided for both.

The course consistes of PARTS A-G:
* A: Introduction: fundamentals, design with and of composite materials (yes, we do both, even tailor or design a composite material), applications, recycling
* B: Reinforcements and matrices for polymeric (PMCs), metallic (MMCs) and ceramic (CMCs) composites
* C: Manufacturing - various fabrication methods
* D: Elastic and thermal behaviour - introduction to micromechanics, macromechanics (laminate theory) approach; long, discontinuous and short fibre composites are included
* E: The interface region
* F: Performance - strength, toughness, fatigue, crack
propagation, creep, damping, and lightweight performance (sandwich technology)
* G: Nanocomposites - the newest materials in the field of composites based on layered silicates and carbon nanotubes are discussed. These are making a large technological impact.


The course includes lectures, tutorials, a lab/computer session, and a PBL project (problem based learning). The PBL project is synchronised with course progress.




Written examination in Swedish or in English (PBL points are added).

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