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Course Detail

Course Name Composite Materials and Mechanics
Course Code 19AEE342
Program B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Introduction to Composites: Concept of Composite materials, Classification of Composites, Various types of composites, Classification based on Matrix Material: Organic Matrix Composites (Polymer matrix composites (PMC)/Carbon Matrix Composites or Carbon-Carbon Composites, Advantages of Composites materials. Reinforcements and Matrices for various types of composites Fibers/Reinforcement Materials, Role and Selection of reinforcement materials, Types of fibers, Mechanical properties of fibers,

Unit 2

Functions of Matrix, Desired Properties of Thermosets and Thermoplastics, Metal matrix, Ceramic matrix, Carbon Matrix, Glass Matrix etc. Laminated composites, Lamina and Laminate Lay-up, Ply-orientation definition, Manufacturing processes. Testing of Composites: Mechanical testing of composites, Tensile testing, Compressive testing.

Unit 3

Determination of longitudinal and transverse strengths of lamina, mechanics of short fiber composites, stressstrain relationships of anisotropic lamina with arbitrary orientations, analysis of laminated composites, types of laminates, stress-strain variation in laminates using classical lamination theory, thermal stresses in laminates, different types of failure criteria, introduction to inter-laminar stresses in composites.

Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Introduction to composite
  • Advantages of composite
  • Processing of composite
  • Reinforcement of composite
  • Testing of composite

Course Outcomes

  • CO1: Understand basics of polymers: thermosetting and thermoplastics and their various properties.
  • CO2: Introduction to various fibers and composites

CO – PO Mapping



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

Textbook / References


  • Jones R. M., ” Mechanics of Composite Materials”, Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, New York


  • Agarwal B. D. and Broutmen L. J. “Analysis and performance of Fiber Composites”, John Wiley and Sons, New York 1990.
  • Chawla, Krishan K (2012), Composite Materials, Science and Engineering, ISBN: 978-0-387-74365, Springer.
  • Sam Zhang, Dongliang Zhao (2013), Aerospace Materials Handbook, ISBN: 978-1-4398-7329-8, Taylor and Francis.
  • Leonard Hollaway (1994), Handbook of Polymer Composite for Engineers, ISBN: 1-85573-1290, Woodhead Publishing Ltd.

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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