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Unit information: Mechanics of Composite Materials in 2021/22

Unit name Mechanics of Composite Materials
Unit code AENGM0053
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Ivanov
Open unit status Not open



For students with no engineering background: elements of elasticity theory and introductory knowledge of mechanics of materials covered in Structural Analysis and Advanced Composite Materials.

School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims at developing a fundamental understanding of the mechanical performance of composites through modelling of materials and stiffness properties at various scales using micromechanics and laminate theories, and through experimental characterisation, and data acquisition and analysis. Students acquire practical skills for composite analysis and composite materials testing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design experiments for composite property identification.
  2. Critically assess various strain measurement techniques.
  3. Process and analyse experimental data.
  4. Perform finite element simulation of composite samples and simple composite structures.
  5. Validate numerical simulations based on appropriate numerical approaches.

Teaching Information

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

Assessment Information

Report in a form of extended presentation slides, comprising the experimental results, numerical models of experiments, and analytical estimates (ILO 1-5).


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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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