TMM4175 - Polymer Composites


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 30/100
Written examination 70/100 4 hours D

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

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.

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. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (70%) and compulsory project works (30%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.

If there is a 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.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Materials technology corresponding to TMM4100 Materials Technology.

Course materials

Online compendium

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO2067 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Plastics and Composites
  • Mechanical Integrity
  • 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: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD work 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 70/100 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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