• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Paul Compston
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course provides a broad overview of engineering composites with a specialisation towards fibre reinforced matrix materials. Emphasis is placed on composite constituents, interfaces, all aspects of composites manufacturing, processing and composite mechanics (geometric aspects, laminate theory, strength and fracture theory). Practical composites design, environmental aspects and specialized composites are also introduced, geared towards recent developments. Laboratory practice gives hand-on experience in laminate fabrication and knowledge of composite microstructures. The engineering of composite structures will be tackled using various analytical and computational techniques leading to the ability to accurately predict the fibre orientations, laminate thicknesses and geometric shapes required for efficient composite component design. Amongst the new technologies to be introduced will be the fields of biocomposites and nanocomposites.

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.
2.  Analyze and design elastic properties of both long and short fiber composites based on the constituent properties.
3.  Evaluate function and performance of composites using stress, strain and stiffness tensors and ideas from matrix algebra.
4.  Explain and understanding linear elasticity with emphasis on the difference between isotropic and anisotropic material behaviour.
5.  Analyse a laminated plate in bending, including finding laminate properties from lamina properties and find residual stresses from curing and moisture.
6.  Create and design engineering structures and projects associated with fibre-composites.
7.  Predict the failure strength of a laminated composite plate.
8.  Gain knowledge of issues in fracture of composites and environmental degradation of composites.
9.  Use the ideas developed in the analysis of composites towards using composites in engineering design.
10.  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.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering. Incompatible with ENGN4511.


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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
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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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
8208 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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