ME1014 Composite Materials Syllabus

ME1014 COMPOSITE MATERIALS 3 0 0 100
(Common to Mechanical, Production, Automobile and Metallurgy- core)

OBJECTIVE
This subject introduces to the students the different types of composite materials, their properties and applications.

1. INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITES 8
Fundamentals of composites - need for composites – Enhancement of properties - classification of composites – Matrix-Polymer matrix composites (PMC), Metal matrix composites (MMC),
Ceramic matrix composites (CMC) – Reinforcement – Particle reinforced composites, Fibre reinforced composites. Applications of various types of composites.

2. POLYMER MATRIX COMPOSITES 12
Polymer matrix resins – Thermosetting resins, thermoplastic resins – Reinforcement fibres – Rovings – Woven fabrics – Non woven random mats – various types of fibres. PMC processes - Hand lay up processes – Spray up processes – Compression moulding – Reinforced reaction injection moulding - Resin transfer moulding – Pultrusion – Filament winding – Injection moulding. Fibre reinforced plastics (FRP), Glass fibre reinforced plastics (GRP).

3. METAL MATRIX COMPOSITES 9
Characteristics of MMC, Various types of Metal matrix composites Alloy vs. MMC, Advantages of MMC, Limitations of MMC, Metal Matrix, Reinforcements – particles – fibres. Effect of reinforcement - Volume fraction – Rule of mixtures. Processing of MMC – Powder metallurgy process - diffusion bonding – stir casting – squeeze casting.

4. CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES 9
Engineering ceramic materials – properties – advantages – limitations – Monolithic ceramics - Need for CMC – Ceramic matrix - Various types of Ceramic Matrix composites- oxide ceramics – non oxide ceramics – aluminium oxide – silicon nitride – reinforcements – particles- fibres- whiskers. Sintering - Hot pressing – Cold isostatic pressing (CIPing) – Hot isostatic pressing (HIPing).

5. ADVANCES IN COMPOSITES 7
Carbon / carbon composites – Advantages of carbon matrix – limitations of carbon matrix Carbon fibre – chemical vapour deposition of carbon on carbon fibre perform. Sol gel technique. Composites for aerospace applications.

TOTAL : 45

TEXT BOOKS
1. Mathews F.L. and Rawlings R.D., Composite materials: Engineering and Science, Chapman and Hall, London, England, 1st edition, 1994.
2. Chawla K.K., Composite materials, Springer – Verlag, 1987

REFERENCES
1. Clyne T.W. and Withers P.J., Introduction to Metal Matrix Composites, Cambridge University Press, 1993.
2. Strong A.B., Fundamentals of Composite Manufacturing, SME, 1989.
3. Sharma S.C., Composite materials, Narosa Publications, 2000.
4. Short Term Course on Advances in Composite Materials, Composite Technology Centre, Department of Metallurgy, IIT- Madras, December 2001.
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