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High performing polymer composites in tribological context

Published: 31 October 2017

4 credits, 5-7 December 2017 in Luleå
The course is part of the Swedish research school in tribology

Structural analysis and mechanical properties of high performing polymer composites in tribological context 

Points: 4 hp

Time: 5-7 December, 2017.

Objectives: After the end of this course the student is supposed to

  • Be able to relate the fundamental knowledge in polymer composites to tribological applications 
  • Be able to use the basic knowledge in polymer science (specially thermoplastic) to promote advance development in relevant industry - Have gained good understanding of high performance polymeric       composites for tribological applications
  • Have achieved knowledge about relationships between structure and constituents of polymeric composites and their macroscopic properties 
  • Understand the significant mechanisms determining the behaviour of composites and how they are affecting elastic properties and strength
  • Be able to estimate properties of composites with different micro- and meso structure and to perform optimal material selection
  • Understand basic principles analysis of polymer composite structure. 
  • Be able to plan and carry out mechanical properties measurements and to analyse test results
  • Be able to use simulation tools/software to design material with desired properties

Contents: tools to understand structural characterisitcs and mechanical properties of polymer composites and its relation to triblogical behavior

Teaching: The course will be conducted through lectures and demonstrations and laboratory work.


Examination: Written report and examination. 

Grading: Pass or Fail

Literature: Hands out from selected papers and book chapters.

Lecturer: Janis Varna (JV), Roberts Joffe (RJ), Yijun Shi (YS), Nazanin Emami (NE)

Examiner: Nazanin Emami,  Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden e-mail: