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Course Objectives

This course is intended for senior students in the aerospace engineering program. Through this course, the students will be introduced to mechanics of composite materials including new and smart materials such as functionally graded materials, piezoelectric materials, and others.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify different types of materials used in composite structures
  2. Evaluate the Macroscopic properties of a composite lamina
  3. Evaluate the mechanical properties of composite beams and plates
  4. Analyse stresses and strains in simple composite stuctures
  5. Design simple composite plates
  6. Differentiate between different types of smart materials
  7. Analyze the mechanical properties of structures including smart materials
  8. Design actuators for structures' control

References


Spring 2014 Topics and Schedule

Week #
Topic
Practice and Assessment
ILO's
1
12/3/2014
Introduction
Review of Mechanics of Materials
HW#1
Prog. Proj, Starting

2
19/3/2014
Composite Structures (with application – and manufacturing)
HW#2

3
26/3/2014
Macroscopic Properties
HW#3

4
2/4/2014
Ply Mechanics
HW#4


Midterm Exam


5
16/4/2014
Deformations and stresses due to thermal loads
Quiz#1
Prog. Proj. Due

6
23/4/2014
Mechanics of composite beams and plates
Types of Composite failure
HW#5

7
30/4/2014
Piezoelectric materials
Piezoelectric sensors and actuators
HW#6
Res. Proj. Starting

8
7/5/2014
Structures with piezoelectric components
HW#7

9
14/5/2014
Shape memory alloys
HW#8

10
21/5/2014
Magnetorheological Fluids Applications
Quiz#2
Res. Proj. Due