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.