Module code: ENGM244

Module Overview

The intention of this course is to present an overview of many important design,
manufacture and performance issues relevant to the use of composite materials in a wide range of
applications, including an introduction to the use of finite-element analysis for composites, the
importance of product standards, recycling and green issues.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

OGIN SL Prof (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: F200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content: the course, consisting of lectures and exercise classes, includes the following topics

 Design lectures:

Review of basic composite mechanics; mechanical design criteria; failure criteria for design; composite design; principles of joining and repair; finite-element analysis: basic principles; finite-element analysis and composite materials; design tools and product standards

manufacture lectures:

Reinforcements and matrices; processing of composite materials; textile composites: manufacture and behaviour; manufacture of large composite structures; an introduction to recycling, sustainability and green issues

 Performance lectures:

Fatigue and delamination issues for composite materials; non-destructive evaluation for composite
structures; bridges, bridge strengthening and repair; repair case studies: aircraft, pipework, pressure
vessels; optical sensors for strain and damage monitoring; commercial perspectives; composites in the civil infrastructure and aerospace.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy:

Set of short questions covering various aspects of the taught material in relation to design and
manufacturing issues. Two long questions relating to the performance of composites.

Summative assessment and formative feedback

 Q1 (4 x short answer) + Q2 (long answer question) [Learning outcomes 1-5] (45 hours) Mon/Tues 2 weeks after end of course {40%}
 Q3 (6 x short answer) + Q4 (long answer question) [Learning outcomes 1-5] (75 hours) Mon/Tues 6 weeks after end of course {60%}
 Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures and tutorials.
 Written feedback is given on the first assessment coursework (Q1 & Q2), which is submitted in advance of the final summative assessment.


Module aims

  • provide an understanding of many important design, manufacture and performance issues of concern in current applications of composite materials
  • present material (including case studies) which indicate current developments within the technology.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 To suggest solutions for a wide variety of simple composite design/manufacture performance issues. KC
002 To formulate an initial assessment of whether a particular composite solution for an application appears reasonable in the light of design, manufacturing and performance issues. KC
003 Explain current issues in Composites which are complex, conceptually challenging, and are at, or informed by, the forefront of field. KC
004 Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying issues through the appropriate interpretation of assessment questions. KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 23

Tutorial Hours: 7

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to introduce the fundamentals of composite materials
through lectures, tutorials (including worked example classes) and practical classes. This is delivered
through lectures and tutorial classes.

The learning and teaching methods include:

 23 hours lectures
 7 hours tutorial classes (all students)
 120 hours coursework

The teaching is delivered as a one-week intensive course.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Other information

Please note this module runs biennially with module ENGM104 - Surface Analysis: XPS, Auger and SIMS. Students who temporarily withdraw or who are granted extenuating circumstances after attending the intensive week will be issued with a new assessment/s as appropriate.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Advanced Materials MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.