Course Title: Aerospace Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerospace Materials

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Everson Kandare

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6166

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.007

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with the skills required in the design process of aerospace structures and components considering the broad range of engineering materials available. You will learn both qualitative and quantitative methods of materials selection. You will also study the main properties, domain of application and fabrication processes of aerospace materials, with a particular emphasis on lightweight alloys and composite materials. You will investigate the impact of different materials in critical areas pertaining to the operation of aircraft, such as structural integrity (including prevention methods), airworthiness requirements (including testing and maintenance), sustainability/recyclability issues and cost effectiveness. Furthermore, you will be exposed to state-of-the-art materials topics (e.g., nanomaterials and smart materials), and assess pathways for the development of aerospace structures and components with optimised features.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
• Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders

2. Problem Solving and Design
• Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team

3. Analysis
• Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4. Professional Practice
• Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
• Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology
• Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work

5. Research
• Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.



Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply qualitative and quantitative methods in the selection of materials as a fundamental step in the design phase of aerospace structures and components
  2. Evaluate the properties, performance and applicable domain of typical aerospace materials
  3. Describe the main damage mechanisms affecting different types of aerospace materials and propose adequate mitigation actions
  4. Critically discuss the influence of different materials in the initial and continuous airworthiness of aircraft, observing the applicable professional practices and existing standards
  5. Select the best fabrication processes to meet the design and operation requirements of aircraft structures and components;
  6. Identify alternative and viable materials in light of recent concerns towards the sustainability and recyclability issues of modern aircraft from a global perspective
  7. Demonstrate awareness of recent scientific and technological developments in the field of aerospace materials, and assess their potential to enhance the performance of aircraft in near future (e.g. smart-materials, nano-materials, functionally graded materials, new alloys and fabrication processes)

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, tutorials, in-class tests, virtual experiments, and laboratory experiments.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Canvas site, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, tutorials, student questions 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

Early Assessment Task: Timed Assessment 1
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: Timed Assessment 2
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Report 
Weighting: 15%
This assessment task supports CLO 2

Assessment Task 4: Timed Final Assessment
Weighting: 45%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 7