TMM4175 - Polymer Composites


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 51/100 4 hours D
Portfolio 49/100

Course content

The course focuses on relevant topics for mechanical design and engineering where polymer composites are used. Topics include: mechanical, thermal and chemical properties of thermoplastics, thermosets and fibers such as glass, carbon, and aramide. Theory and application of material models including anisotropic behavior. Classical laminate theory and its application. Failure and damage mechanisms, principle methods for failure prediction, failure criteria and damage analysis. Analytical solutions for simple structures such as plates, beams and tubular structures. Basic finite element modeling and analysis of composite materials and composite structures. Common manufacturing and test methods for polymer composites. Material selection, engineering design principles and reliability of polymer composites. Computational methods and numerical solutions using simple programming are emphasized for most of the topics. The online compendium has a comprehensive collection of examples, procedures and functions written in Python.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate has basic knowledge of the properties of polymer composites, the common application of such materials and the engineering principles including material selection, fundamental relations, analysis methods and manufacturing methods.

Skills: The candidate can do basic engineering of components and products made of polymer composites. The candidate can do preliminary material selection, material evaluation, simple mechanical analysis and failure analysis using fundamental relations for the materials and structures. The candidate can suggest and evaluate relevant manufacturing methods.

General competence: The candidate is able to communicate technological topics related to polymer composites and shall be able to answer questions on feasibility related to these materials. The candidate is aware of the importance of polymer composites for the modern society.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, experiments, demonstrations and project work. Teams for the project works will be established at the beginning of the semester. The lectures and exercises are in English. As the teaching is given in English the Examination papers will be given in English only.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for 49% of the grade in the course. The portfolio includes project work that shall produce 5 reports counting 10% each. Deadlines for submission of reports are spaced with approximately 3 weeks during the semester where the problem descriptions and content includes central aspects from recent topics, including experimental work. Feedback on the report will be given within 2 weeks following the deadline of the report, where at detailed schedule for deadlines will be given at startup. Two hours weekly is dedicated to supervision. The project work shall preferably be conducted as collaboration in small groups while individual submissions can be granted. Project groups are created at startup. All five reports count in the total grade (49%) along with the final examination (51%).

If there is as re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Required previous knowledge

Materials technology corresponding to TMM4100 Materials Technology.

Course materials

Online compendium

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO2067 7.5
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Materials and Processes - Plastics Technology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 51/100 D 2024-05-27 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 30
Spring ORD Portfolio 49/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 51/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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