Composite materials, especially fiber-reinforced ones, are increasingly used in numerous industrial sectors (e.g., aerospace,

automotive, sporting equipment) where the technological advances require combined properties that no classical homogeneous

material has. The objective of this course is to introduce the students to the methods of analysis and computation which enable

the design of structures or products made of composite materials. This is why the course will develop micro-mechanically based

approaches, anisotropic elasticity, the theory of laminates, etc.

Content :

Chap. 1 Composite materials: types, properties, applications, fibers, matrices, forming processes.

Chap. 2 Micro-mechanics approaches (homogenization theories).

Chap. 3 Anisotropic elasticity.

Chap. 4 Behavior of a single layer (micro- and macro-mechanics).

Chap. 5 Classical laminate theory: constitutive equations, strength criteria, simple computation methods, inter-laminar stresses

and edge effects.

Chap. 6 Bending, vibration and buckling of anisotropic laminated plates. Basic equations and energy methods (finite elements).

Chap. 7 Hygro-thermo-elasticity.

Chap. 8 Experimental methods for material properties measurement