Semester for exchange students

IMT Lille Douai has developed a range of programs provided in English.

International students get the opportunity to study semesters totally taught in English.


Composites Materials Science and Manufacturing


Hours Credits
Composite materials structure and characterization 28 3
Specific materials (smart, biobased, nanofilled materials) 8 0.5
Composite materials manufacturing 20 2.5
Lab sessions 4
Composites processes modeling 28 3
Mechanics of composites and sandwich structures

Structures and process robustness

32 3
Project : design and manufacturing of a composite part 46 5
Research Project 80 8
Foreign Languages 40 4
Sports 20 1


306 30

Syllabus description

Composite materials structures and characterization (28h, 3 credits)

  • Composites materials constituents and specificities
  • Markets and key figures
  • Technical and economical characteristics
  • Sandwich structures specificities
  • Preform and polymer characterization techniques for processing modeling
  • Characterization of mechanical properties
  • Non destructive evaluation techniques

Specific materials (8h, 0.5 credits)

Physical, thermomechanical and economical aspects, as well as application market of :

  • Nano-reinforced polymers
  • Bio-based materials and biocomposites materials for the living
  • Smart materials

Composite materials manufacturing (20h, 2.5 credits ; lab session : 4h)

  • Exhaustive presentation of composites processes
    • Continuous processes
    • Liquid Composite Molding processes
    • Open mold processes
    • Consolidation processes
    • Long/short fiber thermoplastics molding
  • Materials requirements, type of parts produced and economical aspect of each process
  • Recent developments in composites manufacturing

Lectures are completed with a lab session on infusion manufacturing

Composites processes modeling (28h, 3 credits)

  • Understanding the influence of process and material parameters on cycle times and part quality
  • Interaction between the physics involved (energy, flow in porous media, mechanics, polymerization kinetics…)

Mechanics of composites and sandwich structures (32h, 3 credits)

  • Laminate plate theory through continuum mechanics for homogeneous anisotropic materials and through heterogeneous materials approaches
  • Evaluation of unidirectional and multilayered composites mechanical properties
  • Influences of thermal and moisture effects
  • Long term behavior and damage mechanisms.
  • Structures reliability and process robustness principles applied to composites materials
  • Applications through various examples and practical analytical works.
  • Applications using commercial designing software on realistic parts.

Project : Design and manufacturing of a composite part (46h, 5 credits)

Through this project, students are invited to apply the different knowledge presented in the other lectures. From a book of requirements concerning a structural application, students should design a composite parts by :

  • Proposing a geometry and the material used
  • Defining the laminate structure and justify its mechanical response using adapted analytical or numerical tools
  • Choosing the manufacturing process and evaluate the cycle time
  • Determining the investment requirements and part cost analysis
  • Manufacturing of a prototype

Research Project (80h, 8 credits)

Students are proposed to choose between :

  • A research project concerning at least on of the following :
    • material characterization
    • Process development and/or optimization
    • Part development
  • An innovative and creative project where the student
    • Propose an innovative part and a short competitive study
    • Analyze the different functions and propose a design
    • Define the manufacturing steps and a short economical study
    • Manufacturing of a prototype

Complementary activities (60h, 5 credits)

  • 2 Languages (including French for foreigners), 4 credits
  • Sports (selection among 15 disciplines), 1 credit


For more information about the semester « Composites materials », please contact Mylène LAGARDERE

To apply, please contact Karine KOMINIARZ, + 33 327 71 26 39