Course Title: 
Modern Polymer Composites
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Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Modern Polymer Composites' is a course offered for the B. Tech. programs at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

General introduction to composite materials: Concept and definition, classification of composites (CMC, MMC, PMC). Functional roles of reinforcement and matrix and importance of interface. Polymer matrix composites (PMCs): Fiber reinforced and particulate filled polymer composites. Reinforcements (glass, carbon/graphite, Kevlar), Matrices - Thermoset matrices - polyesters, epoxides, phenolics, vinyl esters, polyimides, cyanate esters - Thermoplastic matrices. Choice of reinforcements and matrices for different application needs.

Unit 2

Fiber reinforced polymer composites (FRPs): Basic rule of mixtures, stress-strain relationships. Tailoring of structural properties through laminar-sequencing and choice of fiber fractions/fiber orientations, to meet design requirements. Mechanical behavior of FRP composites: Fiber controlled and matrix dependent properties. Fibre volume fraction, tensile, shear, compressive, flexural, thermo elastic and off – axis responses of lamina and laminates - notched strength – fracture toughness - nondestructive testing. Effect of environmental conditions on properties.

Unit 3

Composite precursors: SMCs, DMCs, BMCs prepreg materials and their choice in specific applications. Fabrication processes for FRP Composites: hand layup, spray up, vacuum bag moulding, compression moulding, filament winding, braiding, pultrusion, RTM, RIM, RRIM, RFI, autoclave moulding, injection moulding etc. Room temperature and hot curing of composites, Nanocomposites: Introduction; Nanoscale Fillers – Clay, POSS, CNT, nanoparticle fillers; Processing into nanocomposites; Modification of interfaces; Properties. Applications. Joining composite elements and repairs, Recycling of polymer composites.

  • B. Astrom, “Manufacturing of Polymer Composites”, CRC Press, 1997.
  • P K Mallick, “Fiber-Reinforced Composites: Materials, Manufacturing, and Design”, CRC Press, 2007.
  • F. C. Campbell (Ed), Manufacturing processes for advanced composites, Elsevier, 2004.
  • S T Peters (Ed.), “Handbook of Composites”, Springer, 1998.