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Unit information: Composite Products Development in 2020/21

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Unit name Composite Products Development
Unit code AENGM0052
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Kim
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit provide students with opportunities to acquire skills of designing composite products and their manufacturing processes. The lectures and practical sessions will provide comprehensive knowledge of design principles and intellectual property required for general product development processes as well as the core knowledge of composites processing, process simulations, manufacturing, tooling, computer-aided design, and conceptual design. They will also learn how to pitch their creative project ideas with sound technical details and how to write technical reports.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Design a new composite product considering its functional requirements, and assess the intellectual property and the market potential.
  2. Apply engineering judgement in selection of appropriate manufacturing methods, and assess and predict risk of defect occurrence in various processing solutions.
  3. Analyse and model the basic manufacturing processes, and optimise process parameters through numerical simulations.
  4. Build a digital mock-up model using a computer-aided design tool.

Teaching details

The unit will comprise lectures, and computer labs. The computer lab sessions will be supported by Teaching Assistants to help the student to complete the tutorial materials.

Assessment Details

Presentation (20%) – Each student will present their product development proposal that addresses the conceptual design, functional requirements, market potential, material selection, manufacturing methods, tooling design, and testing plan. They will learn effective technical communication skills as well as presentation and pitching skills. The presentation will be in 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. (ILOs 1, 2).

Product development plan report (80%, max. 20 pages including figures) – The technical depth of their product development proposals will be assessed in detail. The assessment will focus mainly on justification of their engineering decision making. (ILOs 1-4).

Reading and References

  • F.C. Campbell, Manufacturing processes for Advanced Composites, Elsevier Ltd.
  • S. Kalpakjian, S.R. Schmid, Manufacturing Engineering and Technology, Prentice Hall.
  • Michael C.Y. Niu, Composite Airframe Structures, Conmilit Press Ltd.
  • D.G. Lee, N.P. Suh, Axiomatic Design and Fabrication of Composite Structures, Oxford University Press.
  • Process modelling in composites manufacturing, Advani S.G., Sozer E. M., CRC Press, 2011.
  • Composites Forming Technologies, ed. A.C. Long. CRC Press, 2007
  • Process and Mechanical Modelling of Engineering Composites, A. Pickett, 2018