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Unit information: Composites Design and Manufacture Principles in 2020/21

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Unit name Composites Design and Manufacture Principles
Unit code AENGM0025
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Farrow
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

A comprehensive study of the principles of design and manufacture of advance composites to promote the understanding of the increased complexity of materials properties, and the behaviour and analysis methods for the design and manufacture of advanced composite structures.

Design and Manufacturing information and methods are presented in a series of lectures, including illustrations, and worked examples. Practical understanding of basic manufacturing processes is also supported by laboratory and class demonstrations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit the student will be able to:

  1. identify and understand the key issues and methods for the design and manufacture of advanced composite structures;
  2. apply the basic principles for conceptual design, manufacturability analysis, initial sizing and preliminary structural analysis of advanced composite components at Masters level.

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

Summative assessment:

100% 3 hour timed assessment in May/June, 4 compulsory themed questions. This will assess:

  • ILO 1: through wide ranging sets of design and manufacturing questions
  • ILO 2: through specific design and manufacturing problem questions.

Formative assessment:

ILO 1 and 2 will be assessed through example questions, problems and case-studies with solution checks and online feedback.

Reading and References

The unit notes are comprehensive and self-contained. Further background reading references are updated by Unit Lecturers each year.

An example of background references includes:

  • Christos Kassapoglou (2010) Design and Analysis of Composite Structures: with applications to aerospace structures
  • Barbero (1998) Introduction to Composite Materials Design
  • Hoskin & Baker (1986) “Composite Materials for Aircraft Structures”
  • Smith (1990) Design of Marine Structures in Composite Materials
  • Gay (2015) Composite Materials - Design & Applications
  • J. Wanberg (2009) Composite 'Materials Fabrication Handbook
  • F. C. Campbell (2010) Structural Composite Materials
  • ASM handbook. Vol. 21, Composites (2001)
  • K. Potter (1997) Resin Transfer Moulding
  • K. Potter (1997) Introduction to Composite Products