Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Composite Materials

ME 55800 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Potential applications of composite materials. Basic concepts of fiber-reinforced composites. Manufacturing, micro- and macro-mechanics, and static analysis of composite laminates. Performance (fatigue and fracture) and its application to engineering design.


Structural Analysis of Polymer Composite Materials, 2nd Edition, Mark E. Tuttle.


By the end of the course the students will have the essential knowledge and skills to design  and analyze composite structures


After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Define the concept of composite materials. [a][PUL 1b,2]
  2. Differentiate metallic versus composite materials. [a][PUL 1b,2]
  3. Compare the mechanical properties of composite materials to metallic materials. [a][PUL 1b,2]
  4. Predict the composite properties. [a][PUL 1b,2]
  5. Have knowledge of manufacturing techniques for composites. [a][PUL 1b,2]
  6. Analyze fiber reinforced composites for stresses and deformations. [a][PUL 1b,2]
  7. Design composite members for stiffness and strength. [c][PUL 1b,1d,2]
  8. Predict failure in composite members [a][PUL 1b,2]
  9. Work in group or individual settings and write technical reports. [d,g][PUL 1a,1d]
  10. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of composites [a][PUL 1b,2]
  1. Introduction: Overview of composite materials
  2. Materials: Fibers and Matrix
  3. Mechanics: lamina, laminated structure
  4. Performance: static mechanical properties, failure
  5. Manufacturing: Molding, filament winding, poltrusion
  6. Design: laminate design, applications, analysis