Experimental Methods - AE1-113
This course introduces students to experimentation and report writing. The experiments to be carried out are intended to reinforce understanding of concepts presented in the first year aerodynamics and structural design modules. By the end of the course students should be able to write a well-structured lab report, effectively communicating their findings to the reader. Students should further be able to assess the sources of experimental errors and quantify sources of experimental uncertainty.
Engineering Design - AE1-104
- To stress the importance of Engineering Design and Production.
- To develop a level of competence in visualisation, comprehension and communication as befits those hoping to fill an engineering position on graduation.
- To develop knowledge and skills for producing CAD (Computer Aided Design) engineering drawings to an acceptable standard.
- To introduce an appreciation of engineering precision and a recognition of the interlinked requirements of function, material and production
L1 Applications - AE1-114
The course aims at introducing the students to engineering design practice. The students design, build and test a lightweight frame made from engineering materials.
Advanced Manufacturing - AE3-421
The aim of this module is to introduce the manufacturing processes of composite materials and their corresponding underlying manufacturing principles to provide a deeper understanding of the relationship between design, manufacturing processing and materials properties. This module discusses basic transport equations and constitutive laws used in composite processing, followed by detailed quantitative/qualitative discussion and analytical analysis of polymer matrix, metal matrix and ceramic matrix composite manufacturing. Various composite manufacturing methods are discussed, including short polymer fibre composites, advanced thermoplastic composites, advanced thermoset composites, melt metallurgical processes, powder metallurgical processes, advanced hybrid fibre metal laminates and ceramic matrix composite manufacturing route via melt infiltration, chemical vapour infiltration and polymer impregnation and pyrolysis processes. The real life applications of each manufacturing processes are also covered in this module. The module will consist of timetabled lectures deliver by two academics with the relevant research expertise.
Introductory Mathematics - AEM-ADV03
To revise essential Mathematics over 10 lectures that is necessary for the MSc.
Analytical Techniques - AEM-CM19
- To develop a basic understanding of the main methods for organic materials characterisation
- To appreciate the type of information required to characterise organic materials.
- To appreciate the methods to characterise fibre and void volume fraction in composites.
- Understanding the principles and use of thermal analysis techniques for characterising polymeric materials
- Introduction to methodology and tools for fractographic analysis
- Overview of basic translaminar, intralaminar and interlaminar failure modes
- Present case studies demonstrating methodologies and morphologies
Interfaces - AEM-CM06
- To establish the basic principles of the theories of wetting and adhesion of materials. (This part of the course will also be relevant for the “Joining of Composites” lectures later in the course.)
- To show how the intrinsic interactions across the fibre/matrix interface may be modified. To show why such modifications are undertaken in industry.
- To show how the “strength” of the fibre/matrix interface can be measured and related to the nature of the interfacial interactions.
- To examine the effect that the nature of the fibre/matrix interface has upon the presence of the fibre/composite material.
Fibres - AEM-CM05
- To introduce the classification of fibres used as reinforcement in composites: natural an artificial fibres, metallic, polymeric, carbon, glass and ceramic fibres.
- To explain the distribution of strengths of fibres and introduce the concept of fibre bundle.
- To introduce the concept of fibre flexibility.
- To present the processing, structure and properties of commonly available fibres.
- To consider the production of selected particulate and whisker reinforcements and the relative merits of different forms of reinforcement.
- To present the importance of control of the matrix-reinforcement interface.
Composite Systems (Metal, Ceramic, Polymer) - AEM-CM08
• To introduce the development of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs)
• To present the different polycrystalline ceramic and silicate glass matrix available for CMCs
• To consider relevant process technologies for reliable production of CMCs
• To enhance understanding of the structure and mechanical properties of CMCs by considering particle and fibre reinforced composites, toughening mechanisms, failure behaviour and high-temperature behaviour, including thermal shock.
• To illustrate application of ceramic matrix composite materials with selected examples of commercially available composites.
• To address limitations of available CMCs.
• To introduce the variety and typical applications of metal matrix composites (MMCs)
• To deliver an overview of MMC technologies; benefits and limitations,
• To consider processing methods for different MMCs and factors affecting their manufacture.
• To review typical behaviours and failure modes of the main MMC classes.
• To introduce polymer-basics: chemistry, physics, classification, structure, molecular weight (distribution).
• To present the difference between: a) chain growth & step growth polymerisation, b) amorphous & semi-crystalline polymers, c) thermoplasts & cross-linked polymers.
• To present polymer properties: thermal (melting temperature, glass transition temperature), crystallinity: dependency on structure.
• To illustrate mechanical properties: stress-strain behaviour, Young`s modulus.
• To introduce viscoelasticity: models, time-temperature-superposition.
• To address an example of polymer-matrix-composite.