Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in 1st Semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have gained an in-depth understanding of the overall topical area of composite materials including their properties, manufacturing, analysis and design.
  • Be able to document understanding of the following concepts and theories:
    • Applications of composites.
    • Fibers and polymer resin materials: Types and properties.
    • Manufacturing methods, their processing characteristics and influence on the mechanical properties of composites.
    • Laminae and laminates: Micro-mechanical models, modeling of the laminae, classical lamination theory (CLT).
    • Analysis of composite structures: Beam, plate and shell modeling.
    • Thermal effects.
    • Fracture and failure.
    • Sandwich structures.
    • Adhesive bonded and mechanical joints, load introduction aspects, 3D effects and general principles for design.
    • Finite element analysis of laminated composite structures.


  • Be able to apply concepts, theories and methods for analysis and design of composite materials and complex structures made from composite materials to real-life problems.


  • Be able to undertake development and product design using composite materials.
  • Be able to develop procedures for production and verification of components made from composite materials.

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examMechanics of Composite Materials and Structures
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKompositmaterialers og -konstruktioners mekanik
Module codeM-DMS-K2-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science