Modeling of advanced composites: processing and mechanical properties


Lecturer(s) :

Hôte(s) académiques(s)
Michaud Véronique




Every 2 years


This course introduces the main phenomena in composite processing and mechanical as well as hygrothermal properties and the methods to model them, mostly analytically. Teaching is ex-cathedra with a term paper on a topic defined with the teachers.


1. Brief introduction on composites and their processing techniques
2. Composite processing: governing phenomena
3. Multi-phase flow, saturation and capillary phenomena
4. Mechanics of fiber reinforcement, introduction into process models
5. Effective property analysis
6. Stress transfer in short fiber composites
7. Fracture and damage models
8. Interfacial mechanics, residual stresses


Modeling, composite processing techniques, flow in porous media, composite mechanics, damage models, process-induced stresses.

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Prerequisites for the course include the knowledge of kinetics and transport phenomena, and of polymers, as relevant to materials science and engineering. Prior knowledge of basic composites (classical laminate theory, basic micromechanics) is recommended, upon request, some notes or references can be transmitted to the students.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods


Assessment methods



Process modeling in Composites manufacturing, S. Advani,  M. Sozer, Marcel Dekker , 2003

Liquid composite moulding, R.Parnas, Hanser Gardner, June 2000

'Composite reinforcements for optimum performance', P. Boisse, Ed, Woodhead, 2011.

Comprehensive composite materials,  Kelly A, Zweben C. ed., Elsevier 2000

Fiber-reinforced composites P.K. Mallick, Marcel Dekker, Inc, 1993

Matériaux composites, D. Gay, Hermes, 1997

Engineering mechanics of composites materials,  I.M. Daniel, O. Ishai, Oxford University Press, 1994

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German