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Unit information: Mechanical performance of composites in 2015/16

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Unit name Mechanical performance of composites
Unit code AENGM0014
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Partridge
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit forms part of the taught component of the EngD programme in Composites Manufacture. The purpose of the unit is to introduce the experimental test methods used to evaluate the stiffness and strength properties of laminated composites under a range of mechanical loadings. The development and use of international test standards is given, in relation to the requirements of parameter identification for QA, design and modelling purposes. The unit will contrast the use of coupon measurements and data with mechanical tests on representative structural elements.

The aim of this unit is to:

1. Give an overview of the range of mechanical tests available to characterise the mechanical properties of laminated composites

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

  1. Select suitable methods for the experimental determination of stiffness and strength of coupon samples
  2. Be aware of the factors affecting accuracy and validity of experimental data obtained from such tests
  3. Be aware of international test standards, know where to find them and demonstrate ability to use them

The learning outcomes align to A1 of the UK-SPEC.

Teaching Information

  • 20 lectures
  • Lab demonstration
  • Class exercise on data analysis

Assessment Information

Assignment on test selection and data analysis (80%)

20 minute assessed presentation (20%)

Reading and References

  • “Fundamentals of fibre reinforced composite materials” by A R Bunsell and J Renard, IoP
  • “Engineering Mechanics of Composite Materials” by I M Daniel and O Ishai , OUP
  • “An introduction to Composite Materials” by D Hull and T W Clyne, 2nd edition, CUP