Course Title: Composite Materials and Structures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Composite Materials and Structures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Everson Kandare

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6166

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.007

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET2115 Mechanics and Materials 2, or equivalent

Course Description

This course focuses on fibre-reinforced polymer composites, and covers design, manufacture, analysis, testing and through-life performance of composite structures. The topics covered in the course include: design, advanced manufacturing processes, micromechanics, laminate theory, finite element modelling, mechanical properties, fracture and fatigue, durability, damage tolerance, repair and non-destructive evaluation of composites. The course enables students to obtain knowledge, skills and expertise needed for the optimum design and manufacture of advanced composite components and structures.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. 
This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.(;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops the following program learning outcomes:

  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the benefits and disadvantages of using composites in aerospace structures
  2. Describe current and emerging applications of composites in the aerospace industry
  3. Determine the elastic and strength properties of unidirectional composite lamina and laminates using micromechanics and classical laminate theory
  4. Select the most appropriate manufacturing process for fabricating composite components
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the different materials (fibres, resins, cores) used in composites
  6. Develop competency in the finite element analysis of composite structures
  7. Describe the fracture, fatigue and impact performance of composites
  8. Describe the non-destructive inspection (NDE) and structural health monitoring of composites
  9. Select appropriate NDE and repair schemes for composites
  10. Describe the durability performance and damage tolerance analysis of composites in the aerospace applications

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory, laboratory experiments and assignments. The course will be conducted in a manner, which facilitates experiential problem-based learning. Lectures will provide an introduction to the underpinning theoretical concepts and a guide to where learning effort should be directed and identify problem areas that need to be addressed in an interactive and participatory manner. Tutorials will focus on individual and team-based problem solving using real-world problems, examples and case studies. Computer laboratory will provide practical training in the use of industry-standard finite element software for analysis of composite structures. Laboratory experiments will provide a medium for active exploration of the relationships between theory and practice and for reflective inquiry. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, tutorials, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, and references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Class Tests
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-10

Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 3, 4, 5

Final exam
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-10