Composite materials

NAME OF THE COURSE Composite materials



Year of study


Course teacher

Assoc Prof Matko Erceg
Prof Pero Dabić

Credits (ECTS)


Associate teachers

Type of instruction (number of hours)






Status of the course


Percentage of application of e-learning

0 %


Course objectives

- knowledge about new composite materials with improved or special properties in the moder society
- knowledge about technologies for their production

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course


Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

After passing the exam the student is expected to:
- define and distinguish types of composite materials
- describe the processes for the preparation of composite materials
- correlate composition, structure, preparation and properties of composite materials
- conclude on the importance of composite materials in modern society

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

1st week: composites - definition, basic concepts and systematization, the historical development of composite materials, polymer composites, market, application.
2nd week : polymer matrices (thermoplastic, thermosetting) - properties, applications, advantages and disadvantages.
3rd week: polymer composites with particles and fibers (properties, characterization)
4th week: polymer composites with particles and fibers (properties of interface, adhesion, compatibility and compatibilization)
5th week: procedures for the preparation of polymer composites (manual and continuous laminating, spraying, winding, centrifugal casting, vacuum bag moulding, hot press moulding , autoclave primary shaping, compression moulding, pultrusion)
6th week: polymer nanocomposites: methods of preparation (melt intercalation, solution intercalation, in-situ polymerization, sol- gel process), properties and applications, methods of characterization
7th week: recycling of polymer composites
8th week: comments, discussion, conclusions. Continuous assessment (the first colloquium)
9th week: inorganic composite materials, types and comparison with conventional inorganic materials, overview of technologies for their preparation and applications
10th week: advanced inorganic composite materials: micro and nanostructured material, composite materials strengthened with micro and nanofibers
11th week: overview of technologies for preparation of advanced composite materials: physical, chemical and plasma vapor deposition, types and properties of composites
12th week: overview of technologies for preparation of advanced composite materials: sol-gel processes, types and properties of composites
13th week: overview of technologies for preparation of advanced composite materials: hydrothermal processes, types and properties of composites
14th week: characterization of inorganic composites, durability and recycling
15th week: final comments, discussion, conclusions. Continuous assessment (the second colloquium)
Laboratory exercises :
Exercise 1. Preparation of biodegradable polylactide/olive stone flour composites
Exercise 2. Preparation of poly(ethylene oxide) nanocomposites
Exercise 3. Preparation of cement composites with the addition of nanofillers
Exercise 4. Preparation of inorganic polymer nanocomposites
Exercise 5. Composite materials based on thermoplastic polymers and red mud
Exercise 6. Analysis of composite materials using infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetry and EDXRF technique

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities

Attending lectures in the 80% amount, and laboratory exercises in the 100% amount of the total number of lessons.

Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance




Practical training


Experimental work







Seminar essay






Oral exam




Written exam






Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

Continuous evaluation:
The entire exam can be passed over two colloquium during the semester. Pass threshold for each colloquium is 50%. Each colloquium participates with 35% in a final grade. Laboratory exercises (50-100% success) participate with 20% in a final grade, while attending lectures in 80-100% amount is 10% of a final grade.
Final evaluation:
One passed colloquium (previous activity) is recognized as 10% of a final grade. The remaining part is taken on written and oral exam at prescribed examination terms. Written exam accounts for 30%, oral exam for 40%, while laboratory exercises account for 20% of a final grade, respectively.
Students who did not take or pass colloquiums take written and oral exam at prescribed examination terms. Passing threshold is 50%. Written exam accounts for 40%, oral exam for 40%, while laboratory exercises account for 20% of a final grade, respectively.
Grades definitions and percentages: sufficient (50-61%), good (62-74%), very good (75-87%), excellent (88-100%).

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

L.P. Durand, Composite materials research progress, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, 2008.


Web stranice KTF-a

A.M. Brandt, Cement-based composites: materials, mechanical properties and performance, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2009.


W. Krenkel, Ceramic Matrix Composites, Willey-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co., Weinheim, 2008.


C.A. Harper, Handbook of Plastics, Elastomers, and Composites, Fourth Edition The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., New York, 2002.


T.W. Chou, Structure and properties of composites, Vol. 13 in Materials science and technology, R.W. Chan, P. Haasen & E.J. Kraemer, Eds., VCH Publishers Inc, New York, 1993.


Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

D. Gay, Composite materials, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2003.; K.S. Mazdiyasni, Fiber reinforced ceramic composites: materials, processing, and technology, Noyes Publications, New Jersey, 1990.

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

- monitoring of students suggestions and reactions during semester
- students evaluation organized by University

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)