• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Work Integrated Learning Other
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Karthika Prasad
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

Modern aerospace and space structures need to effectively combine high performance and light weight, and as such they are typically nonstructured from composite and advanced multifunctional materials. To achieve the required level of performance, it is necessary to understand material limitations, strength, structural stability and health. This course will take a detailed look at the design, fabrication and properties of engineered materials for aerospace, focusing on computational material/structural design and optimisation, characterization of advanced materials and their structural stability and dynamics, thermo-mechanical and electro-mechanical interactions, and structural health management. We will discuss the concept of aeroelasticity, and consider the development and application of multifunctional, morphing and self-healing structures. Underpinning this course will be frequent contextualizing through the idea of nanostructuring of established engineering materials to advance their properties and performance.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. State the properties and processability of engineering polymers, ferrous alloys and non-ferrous alloys, ceramics, fibre reinforcements, polymer matrix materials and commercial composites.
  2. Compare common composite manufacturing techniques, and be able to select the appropriate technique for manufacture of composite products.
  3. Employ standard analytical tools to describe tribological and corrosion behaviour, elastic and plastic deformation, and failure of metals, polymers and composites.
  4. Illustrate how a knowledge of mechanical, electrical and thermal properties can be used to design engineering structures and devices for aerospace applications.
  5. Appraise how thermo-mechanical, electro-mechanical and piezoelectric properties of aerospace engineering materials may be improved through nanotechnology.

Work Integrated Learning


Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratories (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Design Project (40) [LO 4,5]
  3. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours per semester consisting of the following activities:

·      Approximately, 3-5 hours of face-to face component, which may consist of 1 x 2 hour interactive lecture, 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week, and 4 x 3 hour laboratory sessions.

·      Approximately 5-7 hours of self-study per week which will include self-directed study using the modular content in preparation for interactive lectures and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2217 Mechanical Systems and Design. Incompatible with ENGN4511/6511 Composite Materials.

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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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
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4241 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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