• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Qinghua Qin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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The course covers the description and properties of fibre and matrix materials in composites, the micromechanics and macromechanics governing composite materials, laminated composites and their behaviors under loads. It discusses analysis, design and applications of laminated and fibre-reinforced composites, micro- and macro-mechanical analysis of elastic constants, failure and environmental degradation, and design project. This course aims to gain advanced knowledge and analysing skills on the linear elastic analysis of fibre-reinforced composite materials. It includes concepts such as anisotropic material behaviour and the analysis of laminated composites. The students will undertake a design project involving application of fibre reinforced laminates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.  Identify the properties of fiber and matrix materials used in commercial composites, as well as some common manufacturing techniques.
Analyze and design elastic properties of both long and short fiber composites based on the constituent properties.
Evaluate function and performance of composites using stress, strain and stiffness tensors and ideas from matrix algebra.
Explain and understanding linear elasticity with emphasis on the difference between isotropic and anisotropic material behaviour.
Analyse a laminated plate in bending, including finding laminate properties from lamina properties and find residual stresses from curing and moisture.
Create and design engineering structures and projects associated with fibre-composites.
Predict the failure strength of a laminated composite plate.
Gain knowledge of issues in fracture of composites and environmental degradation of composites.
Use the ideas developed in the analysis of composites towards using composites in engineering design.
Continue to develop the ability to critique and synthesize literature, review results and to apply the knowledge gained from the course in developing new ideas; in designing and evaluating scientific investigations; and in assessing, interpreting and understanding experimental data.

Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

Laboratories (20%); Quizzes (40%); Research Report (40%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2217.

Prescribed Texts

Ronald F. Gibson, "Principles of Composite Materials Mechanics" (Second edition), CRC Press, 2007




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2527 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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