317.508 Composites Engineering
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, VU, 3.0h, 4.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

  • explain and derive simple concepts of mechanics of materials
  • explain and interpret the lamination theory
  • explain, derive, and apply various analytical continuum micromechanical methods
  • explain, derive, and apply various numerical continuum micromechanical methods

Subject of course

The course is aimed at discussing modelling strategies and presenting methods for the analysis of the mechanical behavior of composite materials and structures.

In the first part of the course theories are introduced for predicting the stiffness of single laminae as well as laminates, and interlaminar stresses as well as failure modes and criteria are discussed. 

The second part focuses on continuum micromechanical approaches to for studying the thermomechanical behavior of inhomogeneous materials. It covers analytical methods (ranging from simple "rules of mixture" to advanced mean field theories) as well as numerically based models (especially periodic microfield approaches based on studying unit cells).

In the tutorial part of the course selected methods are applied to example problems to be solved by the students and documented in a written report.

Teaching methods

The first part will be handled as "flipped classroom". Handouts will be provided for self-study and accompanying tutorial examples are to be solved. The latter are summarized in a short written report which is part of the grading. In parallel questions and answer sessions will be scheduled.

The second part is read as classical lecture - but on-line. There a manuscipts and presentations with derivations of equations, sketches and case studies.

In the tutorial part, a problem will be given to which various methods are applied; the results are to be summarized in a written report.


Mode of examination




Course dates

Thu15:00 - 16:3008.10.2020 on-line (LIVE)Introduction - 1st assignment
Thu15:00 - 17:0015.10.2020 - 10.12.2020 (LIVE)provisional
Thu15:00 - 16:0021.01.2021 (LIVE)Q&A
Composites Engineering - Single appointments
Thu08.10.202015:00 - 16:30 on-lineIntroduction - 1st assignment
Thu15.10.202015:00 - 17:00 Q&A
Thu22.10.202015:00 - 17:00 provisional
Thu29.10.202015:00 - 17:00 provisional
Thu05.11.202015:00 - 17:00 provisional
Thu12.11.202015:00 - 17:00 provisional
Thu19.11.202015:00 - 17:00 provisional
Thu26.11.202015:00 - 17:00 provisional
Thu10.12.202015:00 - 17:00 provisional
Thu21.01.202115:00 - 16:00 Q&A

Examination modalities

Witten reports for the examples of part 1 and for the tutorial example; oral exam of the lecture part and questions to the report.

Course registration

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Group Registration

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Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 434 Materials Sciences
066 445 Mechanical Engineering
066 445 Mechanical Engineering STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 646 Computational Science and Engineering


Lecture notes available online  for in the group registered students

Previous knowledge

Continuum mechanics of solids; tensor algebra; theory of elasticity