72807 - Science and Technology of Composite Materials M

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Paola Fabbri
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: ING-IND/22
  • Language: English

Learning outcomes

Knowledge of properties, application and manufacturing technology of main composite materials.Comprehension of the mechanisms which allow to obtain particular properties on the basis of material components and their architecture.Ability in the choice of the most suitable composite material on the basis of the technological requirements of the product.

Course contents

General characteristics of composite and biocomposite materials.

Structure, properties and manufacturing technologies of metal, ceramic and polymer matrix (including polymers from renewable resources).

Structure, properties and manufacturing technologies of the main particles and fibres used in composites and biocomposites. Sustainable biocomposites obtained from renewable polymers and fillers/reinforcements.

Microstructure of composite materials. Interfaces and their effects on the properties of composites. Concepts on mechanics of anisotropic materials. Lamina and laminates. Models for the estimation of the properties of thin laminates, based on the properties of matrix and filler.

Main fabrication processes, properties, design concepts and applications of composite materials.

Measurement of chemical-physical and mechanical properties of composites. Tests and Standards.

Recycling and sustainability of composite and biocomposite materials.


  • Lecture notes taken by the Student
  • Slides prepared by the Professor and used to support the lecturing, made available for the Students on the repository Virtuale.Unibo.it
  • W.D. Callister, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, J. Wiley & Sons, New York, 2007.
  • K.K. Chawla, Composite Materials Science and Engineering, Springer, 2019

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures.

Video tutorials to explain processing technologies of composite materials.

Visits to companies operating in the field of composite materials.

Assessment methods

Achievements will be assessed by means of a final oral exam.

The oral session consists of at least 2 questions aimed to an analytical assessment of the expected learning outcomes, that are:

1.Knowledge of the main principles driving interaction between matrices and reinforcing fillers.

2. Knowledge of the main families, properties and applications of polymeric, ceramic andmetallic composites

3. Knowledge of the main tools and methods for the fabrication of products in composite material.

4. Ability to make the correct selection of the most suitable composite material to satisfy specific functions in use.

To obtain a passing grade, students are required to demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject and a comprehensible use of technical language. A failing grade will be awarded if the student shows knowledge gaps in key-concepts of the subject and an inappropriate use of technical language. Higher grades will be awarded to students who demonstrate an organic and deep understanding of the subject, a good capability of connecting different topics and a proper use of technical language.

Teaching tools

Slides are prepared and made available on line (Virtuale repository) by the teacher in advance with respect to the lessons.

Video-tutorials are used during the lecturing to support teaching of production technologies.

Any tools for students with disabilities can be agreed with the DSA Student Service of UNIBO.

Office hours

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See the website of Micaela Degli Esposti