Course syllabus

Konstruktion i polymera kompositmaterial
Design in Polymer Composite Materials

MMKN40, 5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2014-04-02

General Information

Elective for: M4-pu, MD4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


Based on the most recent research findings the course aims to provide students with knowledge and insights that are essential for the engineering designer to design and manufacture robust and cost-efficient products based on polymer composites. Topics that are included in the course are e.g. selection of fibers and matrices, design procedure, and manufacturing methods. The course also provides knowledge about cost analysis. Sustainable development is an important fundament in the course. Biocomposites, energy efficient production and designing for material recycling are in focus, as well as plastics impact on the society. In each of the topics qualitative as well as quantitative methods are discussed.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

• for a given conceptual design propose suitable fibers and matrices
• for a given conceptual design propose a suitable design
• based on the design solution propose a suitable manufacturing method
• calculate the actual costs associated with the given design

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

• be able to independently, based on a given conceptual design, select suitable fibers and matrices
• be able to independently, or in a group, develop a unique engineering design solution
• be able to independently or in a group, in dialogue, communicate orally and in writing the engineering design solution developed to representatives of an industrial company or the equivalent

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

• in a research based way be able to reflect on the engineering design solutions developed and on the basis of that propose additional and/or alternative engineering design solutions
• be able to suggest the need for further and/or alternative engineering design solutions


To ensure that the most recent research findings are presented in the course, external lecturers with links to research will be invited. During the course the students will get access to the latest research results in actual areas, to enable independent and well thought out assessments.

During the first phase of the course, current polymer composite materials will be presented and discussed, with reference to material properties and costs.
Based on these insights, the establishment of a product specification is presented, aiming at forming the criteria for the subsequent material selection. The choice of material is then followed by how the actual embodiment design is developed. Here not only the material aspects, but also functional ones are taken into account according to sustainable development.The theoretical part of the course ends with an overview of production related aspects, as manufacturing methods, joint design and cost analysis.
In parallel to the theoretical part of the course a design project is carried out. The project follows the topics covered in the lectures. Each part of the project will be checked by the supervisor.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The course includes a compulsory design project, which is carried out in teams of 3-5 students. Approved projects earn a score in the range 25 to 50 points. All team members receive the same number of points. In addition, the students must pass an individual written exam by receiving a score of minimum 25 points. The final result is based on the sum of the points earned on the project and the written exam.

Code: 0113. Name: Examination.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: In order to pass the written exam, the student must earn a score of between 25 - 50 points. Contents: The written examination covers the theory presented in the course.
Code: 0213. Name: Project Work.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: The course project is carried out in groups of 3-5 students. The student must receive at least 25 points to be approved. All group members receive the same number of points earned on the projects. Contents: The project consists of the following parts; analysis and establishment of product specifications, selection of material, establishment of the embodiment design and preproduction engineering, also including cost analysis. The project work also includes a presentation of the results generated.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetsadjunkt Katarina Elner-Haglund,
Teacher: Docent Anders Sjögren,
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