Module code: ENGD028

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 Stephen (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 0

ECTS Credits: 0

Framework: FHEQ Level 8

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 30

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 10

Laboratory Hours: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Content includes:
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
Coursework Short answer questions 50
Coursework Long answer question involving calculation, analysis, discussion involving core aspects of the module. 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The 5 short questions are able to test knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics covered in the module. The longer question focusses on different aspects of the complex selection-design-property-manufacture relationships for composite materials. With incomplete information, students are required to identify, select and evaluate solutions for a range of actual or potential composite applications at the forefront of professional practice.

Thus, the summative assessment for this unit consists of:
• Q1 (Short answer questions) 50%
• Q2 (Essay question) 50%

Formative assessment
• Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures and tutorials.

• Written feedback is given on the submitted coursework

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 CK
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 CK
003 Explain current issues in Composites which are complex, conceptually challenging, and are at, or informed by, the forefront of field. CK
004 Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying issues through the appropriate interpretation of assessment questions. CK
005 Apply course subject matter for research and advanced academic enquiry CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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)
• 30 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
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: ENGD028

Other information

This module only runs once every two years. 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
Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD 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 2019/0 academic year.