Course detail

Teoretical elements of Composite Materials

FAST-DJ64Acad. year: 2020/2021

The present structure of material industry, development of composite materials, classification of composite materials into basic types and their characteristics. Definition of composite materials the explanation of composite behaviour. The variables which define the properties of composites. The structural distribution of composites – production problems. Fibrous composites - long and short fibres. Unidirectional composites - the relative proportion of phases (volume and mass proportion of components, basic calculation equations). Longitudinal strength and rigidity, stress-strain diagram under tensile stress (graphs, basic calculation relations). Thermal dilatation and transport properties (graphs, equations for basic calculation). Carbon, steel, glass and polypropylene fibres. Composites reinforced by strip stiffeners. Particle composites and their classification. Concrete with polymers – binders, fillers, aggregates, admixtures and modifiers. Production and properties. Polymer-cement mortars and concrete. Impregnated concrete. Utilization of mortars and concrete with polymers. Mortars and concrete with bitumen - asphalt, asphaltic bitumen, aggregate admixtures. Bituminous mixtures, asphalt concrete, cast asphalt. Binders for bituminous mortars and concrete, classification, properties. Fillers for bituminous mortars and concrete, properties. Admixtures to asphalt-concrete.


Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components (THD)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


Knowledge of building materials, knowledge of building materials physics, mechanics, concrete technology, plastics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Language of instruction


Work placements

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Course curriculum

1.Types of composite materials and their characteristics, development of composite materials.
2.Definition of composite effect, variables defining the composite properties, their structural classification.
3.Design of composites.
4.Particles composites of I. till III.type; specific characteristics.
5.Fibre composites, fibres, matrices.
6.Composite materials with cement matrix and fibrous reinforcement.
7.Glass-fibre-concrete, fibre-concrete with polymer fibres, design, application.
8.Fibre-concrete with steel fibres, design, application.
9.Composite materials with polymer matrix and fibrous reinforcement.
10.Technology composite materials manufacture, with polymer matrix and fibre reinforcement.
11.New materials for strengthening of structures, lamellas, reinforcing fabrics.
12.Composites reinforced by bands. Laminates. Hybrid composites
13.Unidirectional composites, abundances of fibres. Mechanics of unidirectional composites.Longitudinal strength and stiffness, stress strain diagram during tensile load (graphs, basic calculation formulae, Behaviour in the case of failure. Thermal dilatation and transport properties. Elasticity modulus and strength of short-fibre composites.


Obtaining elemental teoretical knowledge in composites materials. Introduction to new composite materials used in the building industry. Understanding of composite effects of materials and of possibilities which offers the composite material. Introduction to principles of composites design and utilization. The student can on the base of obtained results make the optimal choice of the composite material for actual application and he is able to define the demanded properties of composite material and conditions for its use. He is able to predict the properties of designed composite material.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-P-E-SI (N) Doctoral

    branch FMI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 8 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme D-K-C-SI (N) Doctoral

    branch FMI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 8 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme D-K-E-SI (N) Doctoral

    branch FMI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 8 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme D-P-C-SI (N) Doctoral

    branch FMI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 8 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

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