CBEMS 157 Composite Materials Design (2013-2014)

CBEMS 157 Composite Materials Design

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for ChE and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 157 Composite Materials Design (Credit Units: 3) Introduction to fiber-reinforced composites for mechanical applications. Properties of reinforcing fibers. Manufacture of fibers and composites. Micromechanics of fiber composites. Strength criteria and failure modes. Macromechanics in design of laminated composite structures. Prerequisite: ENGR54 and ENGR150. Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 3)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0195150971.

Recommended Textbook:
  • K. K. Chawla, Composite Materials, Springer-Verlag, 1987.
  • M. Schwartz, Composite Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Inc., 1992. C.
  • T. Lynch and J. P. Kershaw, Metal Matrix Composites, CRC Press, 1972.
Farghalli A. Mohamed
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Use knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve problems.

2. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as cost, safety, manufacturability.

3. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems, and particularly to conceptualize objectives and constraints, identify governing principles, apply fundamental analytical tools, and predict performance.

4. Understand basic composite materials design concepts along with professional and ethical responsibilities when selecting the composite most suitable for a given application using data on materials properties.

5. Understand about the impact of developing composite materials that can solve existing engineering problems in global and societal context.

6. Understand that composite materials, like other advanced materials, are continually being evolved requiring continuing education to stay abreast of new developments.

7. An ability to apply and integrate knowledge from each of the four primary elements of Materials Science and Engineering (structure, properties, processing and performance) to solve problems related to composite materials selection and design.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Structure of materials
  • Static engineering analysis
Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to Composite Material, Fibers and other Reinforcements Matrix materials
  • Micromechanical analysis of a lamina, concept of volume fraction
  • Macromechanical Analysis of a Lamina
  • Promal Software Package
  • Review of Design Projects
  • Macromechanical Analysis of Laminates
  • Failure, Analysis and Design of Laminates
  • Quality Assurance and Specific Examples
  • Design for creep
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students are requested to use basic computer skills to solve short design problems.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute towards the Materials Science Engineering major through the engineering topics and design experience that are related to composite materials. Considerations are given to manufacturing composites, predicting mechanical and physical properties, emphasizing tradeoff in materials selection to meet design goals.

Design Content Description

To familiarize students with composite materials. These materials will be continuous fiber composites as well as short fiber composites and particle reinforced composites. Analysis techniques will be demonstrated to predict mechanical and physical properties of these materials. Tradeoffs in material selection to meet design goals are emphasized.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework 10%
  • Project 20%
  • Midterm (1h) 25%
  • Final (2h) 40%
  • Attendance 5%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 3.0 credit units

May 24, 2013
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr