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Unit information: Laminate analysis, modelling and design of composites in 2020/21

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Unit name Laminate analysis, modelling and design of composites
Unit code AENGM0031
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Schenk
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 programme in Composites Manufacture. The purpose of the unit is to equip the student with the understanding and basic tools for the assessment of the structural behaviour of laminated composites in service.

The aims of this unit are to:

  • Introduce and demonstrate analytical methods, data and software tools for the design analysis of composite laminates and structures.
  • Enable the understanding and assessment of the effects of constituents and lay-ups on the properties of laminated composites in service.

Intended learning outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic issues and methodologies involved in the selection of composite constituents and lay-up for specific structural applications.
  • Estimate stiffness and strength of laminated composites as functions of lay-up and constituent materials and the resulting effect on structural response.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of data and software tools for laminate analysis.

The learning outcomes align to A1 and B2 of the UK-SPEC.

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

  • Blackboard online test covering general analysis and design and a specific case-study (100%)

Reading and References

"An introduction to composite materials" by D Hull and T W Clyne, 2nd edition, CUP
"Introduction to composite materials design" by Barbero, AIAA Education series ISBN:0-930403-11-8
"Design and Analysis of Composite Structures: With Applications to Aerospace Structures”, by Christos Kassapoglou, ISBN 978-1-1184-0160-6