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Unit information: Mechanics of Composite Materials: Experimental and Numerical Approaches in 2021/22

Unit name Mechanics of Composite Materials: Experimental and Numerical Approaches
Unit code AENGM0037
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Ivanov
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims at developing a fundamental understanding of mechanical performance of composites through experimental characterisation, data acquisition and analysis, and numerical modelling. Students acquire practical skills for finite element simulations and composite materials testing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • design experiments for composite property identification,
  • critically assess various strain measurement techniques,
  • process and analyse experimental data,
  • perform finite element simulation of composite samples and simple composite structures,
  • validate numerical simulations based on appropriate numerical approaches.

Teaching Information

The unit will comprise lectures, seminars, experimental tutorials, finite element compute labs, practical sessions and numerical simulations related to Research Project.

Assessment Information

There will be two elements of this course:

A. Experimental Mechanics of Composites.

B. Finite Element Analysis of Composites (comprising numerical exercises for modelling tested samples and FEA project)

The details of the assessments and weighting for each assessment is as follows:

  1. Report in a form of extended presentation slides comprising the experimental results, numerical models of experiments and analytical estimates – 40%
  2. Individual finite element project report – 60%


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.