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Unit information: Composite Products Development and Manufacture in 2021/22

Unit name Composite Products Development and Manufacture
Unit code AENGM0055
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Kim
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provide students with opportunities to acquire skills of designing composite products and their manufacturing processes. The lectures and practical sessions will provide comprehensive knowledge of design principles and intellectual property required for general product development processes as well as the core knowledge of composites processing, process simulations, manufacturing, tooling, computer-aided design, and conceptual design. They will also learn how to pitch their creative project ideas with sound technical details and how to write technical reports.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

1. Design a new composite product considering its functional requirements, and assess the intellectual property and the market potential.

2. Apply engineering judgement in selection of appropriate manufacturing methods, and assess and predict risk of defect occurrence in various processing solutions.

3. Analyse and model the basic manufacturing processes, and optimise process parameters through numerical simulations.

4. Build a digital mock-up model using a computer-aided design tool.

5. Produce a manufacturable product design and an efficient and cost-effective manufacturing plan considering design for manufacture.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

Product development plan report (50%) – Each student will write a product development proposal that addresses the conceptual design, market potential, material selection, tooling design, and manufacturing processes with help of CAD and process simulation tools. The technical depth of their product development proposals will be assessed in detail. The assessment will focus mainly on justification of their engineering decision making. (ILOs 1-4).

Manufacturing report (50% group report) – The student groups will design a manufacturing plan for a specific composite product and produce group project reports comprising individual and group report sections. The knowledge of composites manufacture and the CAD and process simulation skills gained in TB1 will be applied to a real-life composite product. (ILOs 2,4,5)


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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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