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Unit information: Materials and Structures in 2019/20

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Unit name Materials and Structures
Unit code AENG31201
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Pirrera
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This is a compulsory 10cp unit and an integral part of the 180 cp MRes programme in Advanced Composites. The topics covered will include fundamental concepts for composites, composite materials properties, laminate analysis, beam, truss and plate structures.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • appreciate key material properties for composite materials and their drivers
  • undertake basic stressing and structural analysis.

Teaching details


Assessment Details

50% Materials coursework (design/materials selection case study, with associated written report)

50% Structures written examination (3 hours in May/June)

Reading and References

  1. Refer to reading lists for AENG11200 Structures and Materials 1, AENG21200 Structures and Materials 2, and AENG31200 Structures and Materials 3.
  2. Materials: Engineering Science, Processing, and Design, 3rd edition, M Asby, H Shercliff, D Cebon, Butterworth Heinemann, 2013, 978-0-08-097773-7.