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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M98
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: CHRYSSANTHOPOULOS M Prof (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Coursework – One assignment






Qualifying Condition(s) 



An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.



Module Overview
Introduction to Composite Materials (Co-ordinator: Dr S L Ogin). Runs as a one week intensive module 16-20 November 2009. This will form part of the Advanced Composite module, with supplementary lectures being delivered in the Spring Semester
Module Aims
  • To develop an understanding of the mechanical behaviour of advanced composite materials (in particular those with polymer matrices and fibrous reinforcement).


  • To appreciate the potential of advanced composites vis-à-vis traditional construction materials.


  • To highlight the principal civil structural applications in which advanced composites have been introduced to date.
  • To become aware of system and life-cycle issues in structures with advanced composites.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:



  • understand and be able to contribute to the material selection process in construction projects.
  • design basic structural components (e.g. bars, beams, columns, plates, simple joints) made from advanced composites for quasi-static loading and to have an appreciation of dynamic and long-term effects (creep, fatigue, environmental degradation) and how they may be included within the design.
Module Content

Mechanics and Modelling


Mechanics of composite materials (overview)



Mechanics of laminated beam and plate structures



Failure modes and criteria                      



Joining – bonded and bolted connections



Introduction to FEA of laminated structures

Rehabilitation of civil engineering structures


Principles and best practice for reinforced concrete structures



Principles and best practice for metallic structures

New construction


Material systems and manufacturing processes



Design process: concepts, limit states and procedures



Development of a design specification for FRPs in construction

Durability and Structural Health Monitoring


Durability aspects in construction



Damage detection and monitoring



Case studies, Demonstration and Laboratory Sessions

Methods of Teaching/Learning

20 hrs lectures, 5 hrs tutorial/question classes, 5 hrs practical/laboratory work, 60 hrs assignment work and 60 hrs independent learning.



Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended background reading

Hull D and Clyne TW, An introduction to Composite Materials, 2nd ed, Cambridge University Press, 1996.  (ISBN 05213 81908)



Matthews FL and

Rawlings RD
, Composite Materials: Engineering and Science, Woodhead, 1999.


, , Woodhead, 1999.


Hollaway LC and Head PR, Advanced Polymer Composites and Polymers in the Civil Infrastructure, Elsevier, 2001.  (ISBN 00804 36617)

Last Updated

17 March 2009