Course syllabus

Konstruktion i polymera kompositmaterial
Design in Polymer Composite Materials

MMKN41, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED M
Date of Decision: 2023-04-11

General Information

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


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. 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



Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must



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. Then, a description of the most common manufacturing techniques for polymer composite material is given. After this part, i.e. presentation of the most common constituents and manufacturing techniques, the course mainly focus on design aspects for polymer composite materials. Mechanical and thermal properties, and techniques to measure these properties, are presented and reasons for damage and fracture are discussed in detail. The major part of the course is devoted to composite mechanics (laminate theory) and design methodology. During these lectures, calculations and design guidelines are presented. The lectures are complemented by exercises/examples. The theoretical part of the course is ended by a description of the state-of-the-art regarding new types of polymer composites, such as nano-composites and bio-composites. A short description of sandwich construction is also included at the end of the course.

After 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 - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
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 20 to 40 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 30 points. The final result is based on the sum of the points earned on the project and the written exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. 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 20 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 and manufacturing technique, establishment of the embodiment design and cost analysis. The project work also includes a presentation of the results generated.
Code: 0217. Name: Examination.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: In order to pass the written exam, the student must earn a score of 30-60 points. Contents: The written examination covers the theory presented in the course.


Assumed prior knowledge: FHLF15 Solid Mechanics, Basic Course and FKMA01 Materials Engineering, Basic Course
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MMKN40

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Anders Sjögren,
Director of studies: Elin Olander,
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