4K680 - Composite Materials


  •     Composite Materials: constituents, manufacturing and experiments
    •     General overview of different materials/constituents.
    •     Manufacturing of composite structures.
    •     Constituent characterization (experimental).
    •     Characterization of laminate properties experimental).
  •     Elastic behaviour of multi-directional laminates (analytical techniques)
    •     Laminate theory.
    •     Laminate stiffnesses and compliances.
    •     Special types of laminates (symmetric, balanced, quasi-isotropic).
    •     Hygrothermal effects (effects of temperature and moisture).
  •     Failure analysis of multi-directional Laminates (analytical)
    •     Stress analysis.
    •     Micro-mechanical failure mechanisms.
    •     Failure analysis.
    •     Progressive and ultimate failure.
    •     Interlaminar stress and failure.
    •     Buckling.
  •     Computational techniques
    •     Element technology (shell elements, solid-like shells).
    •     Failure criteria.
    •     Constitutive models (damage models).
    •     Cohesive elements / delamination.
  •     Design methodology for composite structures
    •     Requirements / safety factors.
    •     Design methodology.
    •     Computational optimization.

Learning objectives

To develop and use analytical and numerical methods to predict and analyse the mechanical behaviour of Multi-directional, layered composite materials.
To use composite materials in optimised, lightweight structures.