KB7006 - Composite Materials and Lightweight Structures

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What will I learn on this module?

Building upon your knowledge of material science and mechanical and structural analysis you will acquire scientific background in advanced composite materials and learn about their application in the context of lightweight structures in aerospace, automotive and general engineering. You will specifically learn about the following:

• Processing/Manufacturing Methods
• Mechanics of Fibrous Composites: Anisotropic Elasticity; Classic Laminate theory
• Failure Criteria, Laminate Strength and Design Considerations
• Environmental Issues

Lightweight Structures
• Lightweight Structures Design Qualities: Crashworthiness, weight, stiffness, temperature and radiation resistance
• Lightweight Structures Topology and Material Optimisation
• Automotive Lightweight Structures: Components, Analysis and Design
• Aerospace Lightweight Structures: Components, Analysis and Design
• Manufacturing Processes

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through engage with the tutors in lectures, seminars and design workshops. Design workshops allow you to integrate theory and practice in design and analysis of lightweight structures made of composite materials.

Assessment will offer learning opportunities both formally through the marking and feedback and informally through the discussions with tutors in and out of the classroom. You will work on problem solving through worksheets in class and through workshop practice on design and analysis of lightweight structures made of composite materials, together with some use of case study work in the lecture to promote a more interactive learning environment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Direct contact with the tutors will provide you with direct support both in class and through the eLearning portal. In addition our open door approach will offer you the opportunity to develop professional methods of engaging with support which will assist you as you progress in your career as an engineer.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge which is at the forefront of composite materials and their applications.
MLO2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of performing essential calculations for predicting the elastic properties of fibrous composites based on the constituent properties with applications in conventional and smart composite structures.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. MLO3. Critically appraise key features of aerospace and automotive lightweight structures and to use the ideas developed in the analysis of composites towards designing aerospace and automotive lightweight structures.
2. MLO4. Optimised methods in topological and material selection for lightweight structures.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5. Demonstrate increase awareness of the environmental impact of engineering products and how lightweight structures have improved engineering performance with less environmental impact.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

1. Coursework-Composite and Lightweight Structures Analysis and Design Assignment (50%). This will assess all of the MLOs. Within 20 days after the submission date, you will receive a feedback sheet with marks and comments on each task and sub-tasks.

2. Examination (50%)
This will assess MLOs 1 & 2. Written feedback will be given on your exam script within 20 working days after the exam.

Formative Assessments

1. You will be assessed on all learning outcomes during the workshop session. Discussion with the tutors and reflection on your performance will allow you to continuously monitor your performance and feed this forward for improvement.
2. The in class Worksheet is designed to assess your performance MLOs 1 and 2. You will receive feedback on this during seminar sessions.





Module abstract

Lightweight structures play a significant role in advancing engineering. Lightweight structures are the key to many advances in aerospace, automotive, energy, and bio-engineering sectors. More fuel-efficient cars, multi-MW wind turbines and therefore cheaper renewable energy and safer long-range aircraft are just examples of the influence of lightweight structures on our daily life. Lightweight structures are made of light materials with high strength-weight ratio such as fibrous composite materials and have optimised structures. Delivery method of this module provides students with an opportunity to put knowledge and skills into practice and design lightweight structures with applications to mechanical, aerospace, automotive and bio-engineering.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
2 other options available

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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