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Course Detail

Course Name Advanced Composite Structures
Course Code 19AEE442
Program B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Concept of aviation and space environments. Ionizing and non-ionizing radiation at Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geo Synchronous Earth Orbit (GEO). Charged plasma and atomic oxygen in space. Different thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers and their applications as structural and semi structural components for aviation and spacecraft.

Unit 2

Durability of thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers under aviation and space environments. Scope of high performance polymers. Scope of high performance and ultra high performance polymers. Defects of composites under mechanical fatigue, thermal fatigue, humidity, lightning strike, ultra violet radiation, ultra high vacuum and high energy radiations.

Unit 3

Simulation of test facilities in laboratory. State of the art technologies to repair composite defects. Importance of nano composite and nano adhesive bonding. Importance of fire resistant polymeric composites and electrically conductive composites.

Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Introduction to High performance composite
  • Introduction to space environments
  • Durability of thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers
  • Repair of composite
  • Simulation and Testing of composite

Course Outcomes

  • CO1: Demonstrate understanding of fundamentals in materials, manufacturing, mechanics, design, and repair of polymeric matrix composites.
  • CO2: Identify advantages and disadvantages of polymeric matrix composites with respect to metals.
  • CO3: Apply the knowledge acquired to the design and manufacturing of high-performance composite Structures.

CO – PO Mapping



CO1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2
CO2 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2
CO3 3 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 3

Textbook / References


  • Omari V. Mukbaniani, Marc J. M. Abadie, Tamara Tatrishvili (2015), High-Performance Polymers for Engineering-Based Composites, ISBN 9781771881197 – CAT# N11265, CRC Press.


  • Yu Bai, Thomas Keller (2014), High Temperature Performance of Polymer Composites, ISBN: 978-3-527- 32793-5, Wiley-VCH.
  • Eric Baer (1991), High Performance Polymers: Structures, Properties, Composites, Fibers, ISBN-13: 978- 1569900024, Amazon Prime

Evaluation Pattern

Assessment Internal External
Periodical 1 (P1) 15
Periodical 2 (P2) 15
*Continuous Assessment (CA) 20
End Semester 50
*CA – Can be Quizzes, Assignment, Projects, and Reports.

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