Module code: EG7031
Composite materials are constructed from two different materials with significantly different physical properties. Laminate composites, such as carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), are typically designed to produce structural components with very high strength to weight ratios. Hence they are commonly used in aircraft components, boat hulls, racing car shells and bicycle frames. The recent Boeing 787 airliner is the first aircraft to have its wings and fuselage constructed from CFRP. Particulate composites typically have a metal or ceramic matrix containing ceramic particles or whiskers. These are used for a engine components, disk brakes and heat shields amongst other applications.
Composite materials behave differently than homogenous materials. It is therefore important to understand how they carry and distribute loads, and therefore determine if and when they will fail.
- 11 hours of lectures
- 128 hours of guided independent study
- Exam, 2.5 hours (100%)