Course Description :

Properties and mechanics of fibrous, laminated composites. Classical lamination theory, micromechanics, stiffness and strength, fabrication and testing. Thermal stresses. Design, analysis, and computerized implementation.

Specific Course Objectives :
  • Describe the processes by which the constituents of laminated composite materials and the composites are manufactured.
  • Describe the basic stress-strain behaviors of fibrous composite materials having different orientations, as well as the test methods utilized to determine these behaviors.
  • Use micromechnical models to estimate effective engineering properties (stiffness and expansional coefficients) in terms of fiber and matrix properties, as well as fiber volume fraction.
  • Explain the assumptions employed in the classical lamination theory. (CLT)
  • Use a computer code that you develop to calculate the loading required to achieve a prescribed strain field including prescribed moisture and temperature conditions and to use the same computer cords to determine the strains resulting from specified applied loads.
  • Compare and contrast failure theories for in-plane loading of composite materials. Use these failure criteria to predict first-ply failure of composite laminates. Apply discount theory to estimate ultimate loads of composite laminates.
  • Design composite parts based up specified stiffness and/or strength requirements.
Course Prerequisite :
ESM 2204
Hours & Credits :
3H, 3C
Semester Offered :