Composites and Polymers

Polymers as a class of engineering materials – comparison with metals and ceramics - classification of polymers


Polymerization – mechanisms and statistical approach – molecular weight determination


Properties, processing and applications of polymers – compounding of plastics – polymer processing – basic methods and recent developments


Introduction to composites – classification of composites – emphasis on polymer based composites – bonding and failure criteria – micro mechanics approach


Reinforcing materials – overview of different processing methods – technical and economic aspects – novel applications of composite materials  



1.          Billmeyer F, ‘Textbook of Polymer Science’, Wiley  Interscience, 1994

 2.          Anthoney Kelly, ‘Concise Encyclopedia of Composite Materials’, Pergamon, 1994