Lecture Courses: Introduction to Fibre Reinforced Composites, Revision Stress Analysis, Revision
Chemistry, Interfaces, Fibres, Manufacturing Science, Composite Systems (Plastic Matrix,
Ceramic Matrix, Metal Matrix), Stiffness & Strength, Non-Destructive Evaluation, Mechanical
Laboratory Sessions: Composite prepreg lay-up, Test piece preparation, Tensile testing, Flexural
testing, Compression testing, Fracture toughness, Shear testing, Distortion of channels
Literature Review (undertaken during non-timetabled time)
Literature Review (Completed in the first few weeks during non-timetabled time)
Lecture Courses: Electrical Properties, Laminate Analysis, Joining, Stress Analysis, Fracture,
Design, FE Analysis, Fatigue, Analytical Techniques, Environmental Effects, Impact
Design Study: A group exercise to perform preliminary design of an appropriate composite
Term Three (May-Sept inc.):
Examinations take place during the first two weeks of term three.
- written examinations
- written laboratory reports
- a literature review
- a design study report
- Major Individual Research Project
Through links with industry, it is possible for projects to be supervised in part by staff from industry or to be carried out in industry.
Programme Aims and Objectives
By the conclusion of the programme, students will have achieved the following objectives:
- Developed a firm grasp of the fundamental concepts and principles relating to the nature of composite materials and their constituents; the processes of production of composites; the engineering and other properties of composites; applications of current composite systems; and the analysis and design methods for composite components. This will necessarily involve reading of books and papers in addition to understanding material presented in the lectures.< /li>
- Demonstrated their ability to read the relevant scientific literature and to write an associated review.
- Demonstrated their ability to bring together all the aspects of the course by conducting a design study.
- Developed an understanding of the relevance and limitations of the destructive and non-destructive test methods used for composites.
- Demonstrated their ability to carry out a major research project.
- Demonstrated their ab ility to communicate clearly and succinctly both orally and in writing.
- Developed an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of co mposite materials and hence have the ability to communicate with and understand the problems of workers in specialities different from their own.