This course is discontinued

MEK4540 – Composite Materials and Structures

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Course content

Applications and production methods for composite materials. Analysis of fibre composites, material properties for composites with continuous, unidirectional fibres and with short fibres. Constitutive relationships for orthotropic materials. Laminate theory. Analysis of orthotropic plates and sandwich beams and plates.

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to give a thorough treatment of the classification and properties of composite materials, of the different ways composites can be laid up and how they can be analysed, with emphasis on physical understanding. The course provides the necessary knowledge and experience to enable the student to perform independent analyses. The use of composite materials is increasing in many fields e.g. in transportation (sea, land, air, space), the oil industry, civil engineering construction, sports equipment, biomechanics and medicine.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MEK9540 – Composite Materials and Structures (discontinued)

6 credits with ME 354.

* The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the department for more information if necessary.


4 hours of lectures per week.


Three compulsory assignments need to be passed within given deadlines to be allowed to take the final exam.

Depeding on the number of students, the exam will be either oral or written.
What form the exam will take will be announced by the teaching staff within October 15th for the autumn semester and March 15th for the spring semester.

Examination support material

Permitted aids at the exam if written: Rottmann's formula list + approved calculator.
Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2012

Autumn 2011

Autumn 2010

Autumn 2009

Autumn 2008

Spring 2008

Autumn. Taught according to demand and resources.


Autumn 2012

Autumn 2011

Autumn 2010

Autumn 2009

Autumn 2008

Spring 2008

According to demand and resources.

Teaching language


The course is given in English. If no students have asked for the course in English within the first lecture, it may be given in Norwegian.