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 of a composite component or structure, and a research project where students will acquire in-depth knowledge of composite performance, and develop and apply research skills.
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:
- Identify, describe and evaluate the properties of fibre reinforcements, polymer matrix materials and commercial composites.
- 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.
- Analyse the elastic properties and simulate the mechanical performance of composite laminates; and understand and predict the failure behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites.
- Apply knowledge of composite mechanical performance and manufacturing methods to a composites design exercise.
- Critique and synthesise literature and apply the knowledge gained from the course in a research project on the performance and application of fibre-reinforced composites.
- Modelling and Manufacturing Lab Report (20%)
- Problem Set (20%)
- Design Exercise (30%)
- Research Project (30%)
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