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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: ENGM244
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: OGIN SL Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Assessment package: Question 1






Assessment package: Question 2






Assessment package: Question 3






Assessment package: Question 4










Qualifying Condition(s) 



A mark of 50% is required to pass the module





Module Overview

The intention of this course is to present an overview of many important design,



manufacture and performance issues relevant to the use of composite materials in a wide range of applications.





The design lectures include essential considerations of composite design, an introduction to the use of finite element analysis and other design tools, as well as the importance of product standards. The lectures on manufacture range from principles of composite processing to the manufacture of large composite structures, and an introduction to recycling and green issues. Composite performance includes non-destructive evaluation, fatigue and delamination issues, as well as repair issues with case studies drawn from bridges, aircraft, pipework and pressure vessels.

Introduction to Composite Materials Science  - ENGM102
Module Aims

This course aims to:





           provide an understanding of many important design, manufacture and performance issues of concern in current applications of composite materials;





           present material (including case studies) which indicate current developments within the technology.



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module and associated assessment package, students will:





           be able to suggest solutions for a wide variety of simple composite design/manufacture performance issues





           be able to formulate an initial assessment of whether a particular composite solution for an application appears reasonable in the light of design, manufacturing and performance issues.





Module Content

Design lectures:



Review of basic composite mechanics; mechanical design criteria; failure criteria for design; composite design; principles of joining and repair; finite-element analysis: basic principles; finite-element analysis and composite materials; design tools and product standards





Manufacture lectures:



Reinforcements and matrices; processing of composite materials; textile composites: manufacture and behaviour; manufacture of large composite structures; optical sensors for process monitoring; an introduction to recycling, sustainability and green issues





Performance lectures:



Fatigue and delamination issues for composite materials; non-destructive evaluation for composite structures; bridges, bridge strengthening and repair; repair case studies: aircraft, pipework, pressure vessels; optical sensors for strain and damage monitoring; commercial perspectives on implementing structural health monitoring: the example of optical systems; composites in the civil infrastructure: the practicalities; applications of composites in aerospace; composite usage in wind and tidal turbine blades



Methods of Teaching/Learning
A one-week intensive short course with lectures and tutorial classes. The assessment package consists of four questions, taking approximately 120 hours to answer in all.
Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended reading



Recommended background reading:

Hull D and Clyne TW,  An introduction to Composite Materials, 2nd ed, Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Agarwal BD and Broutman LJ, Analysis and Performance of Fiber Composites’, Wiley, 1980.

Matthews FL and

Rawlings RD
, Composite Materials: Engineering and Science’, Chapman & Hall, 1994.


, Composite Materials: Engineering and Science’, Chapman & Hall, 1994.


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