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Unit information: Mechanics of Composite Materials: Experimental and Numerical Approaches in 2020/21

Unit name Mechanics of Composite Materials: Experimental and Numerical Approaches
Unit code AENGM0037
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Ivanov
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit aims at developing a fundamental understanding of mechanical performance of composites through experimental characterisation, data acquisition and analysis, and numerical modelling. Students acquire practical skills for finite element simulations and composite materials testing.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • design experiments for composite property identification,
  • critically assess various strain measurement techniques,
  • process and analyse experimental data,
  • perform finite element simulation of composite samples and simple composite structures,
  • validate numerical simulations based on appropriate numerical approaches.

Teaching details

The unit will comprise lectures, seminars, experimental tutorials, finite element compute labs, practical sessions and numerical simulations related to Research Project.

Assessment Details

There will be two elements of this course:

A. Experimental Mechanics of Composites.

B. Finite Element Analysis of Composites (comprising numerical exercises for modelling tested samples and FEA project)

The details of the assessments and weighting for each assessment is as follows:

  1. Presentation and the report in a form of extended presentation slides comprising the experimental results, numerical models of experiments and analytical estimates – 40%
  2. Individual finite element project report – 60%

Reading and References

Appropriate references are supplied on the lectures for each component of the course. For the review element, students are advised individually by their project supervisor(s) on appropriate references depending on their project.