Courses of Study 2021-2022 
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Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MAE 4131 - Mechanics of Composite Structures

Spring. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: MAE 3270 , strictly enforced.  Enrollment limited to: seniors or permission of instructor. Satisfies M.E. senior design requirement. Co-meets with MAE 4130 , MAE 5135 .

M. Miller.

Covers the fundamentals of mechanical analysis and material selection for composite materials. Topics include an overview of composite types, advantages, applications and fabrication; anisotropic elasticity; specific composite constitutive equations including plane stress and lamination theory; failure analysis; boundary value problems using composite materials; experimental methods and an introduction to micromechanics. Lectures cover essential background material and theoretical developments. Labs provide hands-on experiences for understanding composite materials properties and performance. Senior Design report required.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to understand the advantages, the potential applications and the fabrication methods associated with several classes of composite materials.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to conduct critical mechanical analyses associated with the deformation and failure of composites accounting specifically for characteristic property anisotropy.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to approximate composite mechanical properties based on properties of constituent phases. Understand mechanical tests employed to measure composite properties.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to properly select composite materials for mechanical designs and to understand the advantages and liabilities of employing composites over monolithic materials.

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