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Mechanics of Composite Materials


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

On completing this course the student shall be able to:
1. Describe what are composite materials and their differences with respect to conventional materials such as metals.
2. Describe the challenges associated with engineering design of composites.
3. Transform material properties between different coordinate systems.
4.Compute effective properties of composites.
5. Predict displacement/stress/strain of lamina and laminates under mechanical and hygrothermal loads.
6. Predict strength and failure of lamina and laminates under mechanical and thermal loads.


This course provides students a background in modern composite materials which are being used in an ever-increasing range of applications and industries. Basic knowledge of composite materials will allow engineers to understand the issues associated with using these materials, as well as gain insight into how their usage differs from conventional materials such as metals, and ultimately be able to use composites to their fullest potential. Topics covered include: current and potential applications of composite materials, fibers, matrices, manufacturing methods for composites, anisotropic elasticity, micromechanics for determining mechanical properties of composite materials, classical laminated plate theory, failure and strength analysis of composite materials, and other advanced topics related to mechanics of composite materials.
Spring 2021 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

1. Introduction: syllabus, composite materials, cdmHUB
2. Anisotropic elasticity
3. Micromechanics
4. Composite plate theory
5. Strength and failure of composites
6. Advanced topics related with mechanics of composites, depending on available time


AAE 55300 or Instructor's consent.

Applied / Theory:

30 / 70

Web Address:<br>

Web Content:

A link to the current course website, syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions, quizzes, chat room, and message board.


Weekly assignments, typically consisting of 3-5 problems


Final exam will be scheduled by the university, and it is comprehensive and closed book.


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements
Syllabus, supplemental lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions will be available on course web site on cdmHUB, students will be offered chat rooms for questions and discussions related with course material. Webex will be required for direct discussion with the TA/Instructor. Tools on cdmHUB will be used for teaching and homework.
You can use some symbolic software such as Mathematica, maple, and matlab to help your homework and projects

Other Requirements:


ProEd Minimum Requirements: