Special Topics in MAT: Polymer Matrix Composites (MAT 48004)

2022 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
Bekir Dızman bekirdizman@sabanciuniv.edu,
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MAT302 MAT305 MAT307 NS207
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Task based learning
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Polymer Matrix Composites course aims to inform undergraduate and graduate students in materials and manufacturing engineering programs about polymer matrix composites. In order to better understand the structure-property-application relationship in polymer matrix composites, which is the most common type of composite, the polymer matrix and fibers that make up polymer matrix composites, the polymer matrix-fiber interface and the distribution of fibers in the matrix will be examined within the scope of the course. The preparation, processing and characterization (spectroscopic, rheological, thermal and mechanical) methods of different types of polymers that make up the polymer matrix will be explained in detail. Various processing and forming methods used in the preparation of polymer matrix composites will be explained by considering different types of polymer matrices. Information will be given about the thermal and mechanical characterization methods used for the polymer matrix composites. Finally, various application areas of polymer matrix composites and the materials selection criteria will be discussed.


1. Understand the structure-property-application relationship in polymer matrix composites (PMCs).
2. Understand the constituents of PMCs, the fiber-matrix interface, and fiber arrangement.
3. Develop a solid understanding of the polymers utilized in PMCs through the examination of (1) advantages of polymers over conventional materials, (2) versatile nature of polymers, (3) polymerization processes, (4) polymer processing, (5) microstructural and viscoelastic behavior of polymers, (6) thermal and mechanical properties of polymers.
4. Learn about the PMC processing and forming methods and estimate the mechanical properties of PMCs.
5. Learn about how to examine thermal and mechanical properties of PMCs.
6. Understand the application areas of PMCs and the methods of materials selection.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 5

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 5

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 5

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 5

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 5

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 5

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 5

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 5

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 5

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 5

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 5

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 5


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 60



An Introduction to Polymer-Matrix Composites