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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Composite Materials (MSc) (PGEE11232)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 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 4 laboratory experiments and 1 design project:


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 tensile testing
2. Lamina compressive testing
3. Lamina off-axis tensile testing
4. Multi-ply laminate tensile and flexure testing experiments

Design Project:
1.Finite element analysis and lay-up optimisation of composites using ABAQUS software.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
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 secretaryMiss Lucy Davie
Tel: (0131 6)51 7073
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