72807 - Science and Technology of Composite Materials M

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2020/2021

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.


W.D. Callister, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, J. Wiley & Sons, New York, 2007.

S.K. Mazumdar, Composites Manufacturing: Materials, Product and Process Engineering, CRC Press Inc., Boca Raton, Florida (U.S.A.), 2002.

S.W. Tsai, Composite materials: Design and Applications, CRC Press Inc., Boca Raton, Florida (U.S.A.), 2002.

P.K. Mallick, Fiber-reinforced composites, Marcel Dekker Ltd., New York (U.S.A.), 1993.

International Tests and Standards on measurement of the main properties of composite materials.

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

Oral exam on the contents of the course.

Teaching tools

Slides prepared and made available on line by the teacher in advance with respect to the lessons.

Office hours

See the website of Paola Fabbri