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Unit information: CAD for composites design and manufacture in 2020/21

Unit name CAD for composites design and manufacture
Unit code AENGM0018
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Kim
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit forms part of the taught component of the EngD in Composites Manufacture and is intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to the state-of-the-art tools for composite design and manufacture. CATIA and its composite design derivatives/modules will be used in conjunction with finite element analysis (FEA) to promote the Research Engineers' understanding of composite product development, from analysis methods for design to manufacturing.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, the students will be able to:

1) identify and understand the spectrum of advanced composite product development during the design and analysis phase using state-of-the-art CAD/FEA tools.

2) Carry out conceptual design and manufacturability analysis based on laminate stacking rules to derive a design compliant plybook using CATIA.

3) Perform preliminary FE structural analysis of advanced composite components.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

Written assignment (100%)

Students will be required to assess the structural performance of a composite structure based on a design compliant laminate definition using FEA and CATIA composite design modules.

Reading and References

All unit notes and complimentary material will be provided via Blackboard. Students are strongly encouraged to review previous IDC units and fundamentals of FEA and mechanics of composite materials. Further background reading references are:

"Mechanics of composite materials" by R M Jones, CRC Press (ISBN: 156032712X)

"Introduction to composite materials design" by E J Barbero, CRC Press (ISBN: 1420079158)

"Finite Element Analysis of composite materials using Abaqus" by E J Barbero, CRC Press (ISBN: 1466516615)

"Manufacturing of polymer composites" by B T Astrom, Chapman&Hall (ISBN: 0748770763)