• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Paul Compston
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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The course covers properties of fibre-reinforced polymer composites and the mechanical performance of laminated composites, including failure behaviour. Students will be able to model, simulate and optimise the performance of composite structures as well as develop practical skills in one or more common manufacturing techniques. Students will be taught how to use and apply classical laminate theory to intelligently design laminates with tailored mechanical responses in commercial composite analysis software. The course will also include a design exercise for a composite component or structure.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students should have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Identify, describe and evaluate the properties of fibre reinforcements, polymer matrix materials and commercial composites.
  2. Develop competency in one or more common composite manufacturing techniques, and be able to select the appropriate technique for manufacture of fibre-reinforced composite products.
  3. Analyse the elastic properties and simulate the mechanical performance of composite laminates; and understand and predict the failure behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites
  4. Apply knowledge of composite mechanical performance and manufacturing methods to a composites design project
  5. Critique and synthesise literature and apply the knowledge gained from the course in the design and application of fibre-reinforced composites.

Indicative Assessment

  • Modelling and Manufacturing Lab Report (20%)
  • Problem Set (20%)
  • Design Exercise (20%)
  • Exam (40%)

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2-hour lecture per week + 1 hour lecture per week + 2-hour tutorial slot per week + 5 hours of laboratory work in total

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2217. Incompatible with ENGN6511.

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
2019 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5700
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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
7959 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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