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EM501Q: ADVANCED COMPOSITE MATERIALS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

Advanced materials underpin many industry sectors and are viewed as one of the key enabling technologies that can help address environmental, economic and social challenges the society is facing. Lightweight materials such as composites applied to vehicles, structures and devices can help reduce energy consumption and emissions, and increase energy efficiency. The aim of this course is introduce students to the mechanical behaviour of composite materials and the design of structures made of composites.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Maria Kashtalyan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Programme Level 5 or Master Of Science In Biomedical Engineering or Master Of Science In Advanced Structural Engineering (September Start) or Master Of Science In Advanced Mechanical Engineering
  • One of EG3028 Engineering Materials (Passed) or EM3028 Engineering Materials (Passed) or Master Of Science In Biomedical Engineering or Master Of Science In Advanced Structural Engineering (September Start) or Master Of Science In Advanced Mechanical Engineering

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG501Q Advanced Composite Materials (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims

To introduce students to the mechanical behaviour of composites materials and the design of structures made of composites.

Main Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should:

A) have knowledge and understanding of:

• The basic concepts, characteristics and advantages of composite materials
• Physical and mathematical models that describe mechanical behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites
• How the properties of a unidirectional fibre-reinforced composites and a multidirectional composite laminate are derived from the properties of constituents
• How the response of fibre-reinforced composite materials to applied loading depends on the fibre orientation
• How composites fail

B) have gained intellectual skills so that they are able to:

• Analyse composite materials on different scales
• Use stress-strain relationships for unidirectional lamina and multidirectional laminate
• Determine stiffness properties of a unidirectional lamina and multidirectional laminate
• Apply appropriate failure criteria to composites
• Understand the basic principles of composite materials design

C) have gained practical skills so that they are able to:

• Solve engineering problems of some complexity which involve unidirectional composites and composite laminates
• Use library and internet resources effectively

Course Content

The course will begin with a comprehensive review of basic concepts and characteristics of modern composite materials, their manufacturing and applications. The course will then focus on the mechanical behaviour of fibre-reinforced composite materials at different length scales.  It will examine elastic deformation of unidirectional lamina and multidirectional composite laminates, including stress-strain relations, determination of stiffness and strength, and failure mechanisms exhibited under various types of loading and environmental condiitons.  Implications for design of composite structures such as beams, plates, pipes and sandwich panels will also be discussed.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Timed online test (40%)

Online open book exam (60%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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