INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITE MATERIALS SCIENCE - 2017/8

Module code: ENGM102

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

OGIN SL Prof (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

J500

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 20

Laboratory Hours: 10

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework SUMMATIVE COURSEWORK: SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS + LONG ANSWER QUESTION 40
Coursework SUMMATIVE COURSEWORK: SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS + LONG ANSWER QUESTION 60

Alternative Assessment

A written examination may be set for students who have failed the coursework assessments and are resitting the assessment in the same academic year.    

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

The course covers the essential concepts and practices of Composite Materials.  All topics are introduced from first principles and the emphasis is on developing a critical understanding of concepts rather than a detailed review of current practice.

Module aims

provide a systematic understanding of the fundamental science and technology of engineering composite materials

study the often complex interactions between the matrix, reinforcement and interface in composite materials, leading to an understanding of the relationships between reinforcement geometry and composite properties

evaluate critically the principles behind important design considerations, processing technologies and test methods, leading to an ability to evaluate current understanding of the relationship between composite design, fabrication and performance.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Students will be able to: describe and comment on the basic mechanical behaviour of composite materials and make sound judgements on the likely behaviour of new combinations of material KC
Support the choices made for using certain types of composites in certain applications with reference to composite properties KC
Demonstrate a practical understanding of composite properties and fabrication techniques, and to be able to make realistic suggestions for the evaluation of composite behaviour, where appropriate KC
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

Module content

Indicative content: the course includes lectures, exercise classes and laboratory sessions.


Introduction
Basic mechanics of reinforcement
Laminate theory
Fracture processes and toughness of composites
Reinforcements and matrices
Interfaces in composites materials
Manufacturing processes
Modelling of the processing of fibre composites
Failure criteria
Introduction to design
Notches and joints - the effect of stress concentrations
Fatigue
Woven composites – structure and behaviour
Impact and environmental effects


 

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:


13 hours lectures
4 hours tutorial classes (all students)
3 hours tutorial classes (small group)
10 hours practical (Lab) classes
120 hours coursework

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

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy:

Set of short questions covering the entire syllabus which require demonstration of an understanding of the underlying issues relevant to a wide range of fibre architecture/matrix/property relationships. Two long questions requiring extensive research to identify and integrate information on an issue of current relevance to advanced composite materials from self-determined sources to propose appropriate solutions and recognition, analysis and solution of a complex problem relevant to composite materials.

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.

Reading list

Reading list for INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITE MATERIALS SCIENCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm102

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Advanced Materials MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD 1 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 2017/8 academic year.