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Undergraduate Course: Advanced Composite Materials 5 (MECE11016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAdvanced Composites Materials 5 is a predominantly laboratory-based course aimed at design, manufacture and testing of fibre reinforced composite materials. Students will learn how to design a reinforced composite laminate, the theory behind such design (Composite Laminated Plate Theory), and will carry out a comprehensive set of mechanical and physical tests on a representative fibre reinforced composite, in order to validate the design process by experimental manufacture and testing. Laboratories and coursework will constitute 100% of the marks for the course. There will be coursework using FEM software ABAQUS.
Course description The course will consist of 24 hours of lectures, plus 5 major laboratory experiments:


1.Composite Materials Overview ;4 hours
2.Composite Laminated Plate Theory-10 hours
3.Processing & Characterisation Techniques ;6 hours
4.Experimental Methods ;4 hours

Laboratory Experiments:

1.Lamina mechanical testing (tensile testing in fibre direction, transverse direction and shear testing)
2.Physical characterisation experiments
3.Off-axis tensile lamina testing
4.Multi-ply laminate tensile testing experiments
5.Multi-ply laminate flexure testing

Students should note that there will be coursework using FEM software ABAQUS.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Structural Mechanics and Dynamics 3 (MECE09036)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 26, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 18, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 144 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework %: 100
Feedback Students given extended problems (e.g. past exam papers) to be worked through in class in advance. Can then assess their own progress if this question is attempted independently before the relevant lecture. Also discussions with course staff in tutorialsand office hours.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Design a fibre-reinforced composite laminate using Composite Laminated Plate Theoryand combined anisotropic failure theories;
  2. Manufacture composite laminates and test specimens using pre-impregnated tape or resin infusion methods;
  3. Characterise fibre-reinforced composites using and mechanical test methods (tensile, off-axis tensile, flexure and compressive);
  4. Use displacement and strain gauges, contact and non-contact extensometry to measure specimen deformation and interpret mechanical test results on multi-angle composite laminates;
  5. Physically characterise degree of cure, fibre volume fraction and use optical and scanning electron microscopy to characterise failure surfaces.
Reading List
Experimental Characterization of Advanced Composite Materials, 4thedition, Leif. A. Carlsson et al, CRC Press, 2014.

Introduction to Composites Materials Design, 2ndedition, E. J. Barbero, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, 2011.

An Introduction to Composite Materials, 2ndedition, D. Hull, T.W. Clyne, Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Composite Materials: Engineering and Science, F.L. Matthews and R. D. Rawlings, CRC Press, 1999.

Thermal Analysis of Polymers: Fundamentals and Applications, Joseph D. Menczel, R. Bruce Prime, Wiley, 2009.

Manufacturing of Polymer Composites, Tomas Astrom, CRC Press, 1997
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsComposite Materials,Design,Manufacture,Test,Analysis
Course organiserDr Dongmin Yang
Tel: (0131 6)50 5644
Course secretaryMr James Foster
Tel: (0131 6)51 3562
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