Teaching Staff:
D. Manolakos, P. Kostazos

Course Description:
A. Fabrication of composite materials: Classification and terminology. Matrix and fibre materials. Fabricating processes. Advantages and limitations of composites. Industrial applications.
B. Mechanical behaviour of composite materials: Elastic constants of an orthotropic lamina, stress-strain relations of anisotropic materials, failure criteria of orthotropic materials. Lamination theory for laminated composites (coding, stress-strain relations, equilibrium equations, combined stresses of composite plates and shells, failure criteria). Sandwich hybrid structures. Fatigue, impact, delamination. Environmental effects (temperature/fire/moisture) on the degradation of composites. Experimental characterization of composite materials.

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