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Course unit
INL1000512, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0531, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination DESIGN WITH COMPOSITE MATERIALS
Department of reference Department of Management and Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARINO QUARESIMIN ING-IND/14

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/14 Mechanical Design and Machine Building 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Prerequisites: The preliminary requirements for the course are those to have access to the master in Product Innovation Engineering.
Knowledge provided by the courses Machine design and Mechanics of materials is required as a starting base.
Target skills and knowledge: The course Design with composite materials aims to provide the following expertise:
• knowledge of the structural properties of polymeric composite materials
• knowledge of the advantages and limitation in using polymeric composite materials for structural components
• knowledge of the methodologies for stress analysis and design (under static loading) of composite structural components
• knowledge of the methodologies for experimental characterisation of mechanical properties of polymeric composite materials
• knowledge of the methodologies the numerical modelling of structural components in composite materials
The skills provided by the course are expected to be the following:
• ability to use polymeric composite materials as alternative materials with respect to conventional ones in the development of innovative, high performance structural components.
• ability to design structural components made of polymeric composite materials under static loading conditions
• ability to optimize the structural response of structural components made of polymeric composite materials under static loading conditions
Examination methods: The exam, in written form, consists in 5-6 open questions on the subjects illustrated during the course (max 25/30) amd the presentaiton of a group design project (max 5/30).
For the higher marks (>25/30) there is the possibility of an oral integration for a deeper discussion on the questions answered in written form.
Assessment criteria: The criteria for the assessment of the exam are the following:
• the knowledge and the understanding of the methodologies for stress analysis and design (under static loading) of composite structural components
• the capability of judgment on the opportunity and convenience of using polymeric composite materials as alternative materials in the design of structural components
Course unit contents: General characteristics of polymer composites, outline of the main production processes and comparison with other structural materials. Theory of elasticity for anisotropic bodies. Micromechanical analysis, elastic properties and strength of unidirectional lamina. Classical lamination theory. Criteria of static failure. Resistance and stiffness oriented design of composite structures. Notch and edge effects in composite structure. Thermal stresses. Sandwich Structures. Experimental characterization of composite laminates and NDT. Strategies for numerical analysis of composite structures. Examples of applications.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course aims to provide the knowledge and the skills for the design of structural components made of polymeric composite materials subjected to static loading conditions and for the optimization of their structural response
In terms of teaching methodology, beside the analysis and illustration of the theory related to the course subject, suitable exercises to clarify the theory are given, even on real cases. Dedicated session in the experimental laboratory are planned on the mechanical characterisation as well as on the manufacturing on simple geometry components. When possible, industry representatives are invited to give seminars and visit to industrial plants are organised
Additional notes about suggested reading: The students can make reference to the textbook and the notes of the course, as well as to support material and the scientific papers made available during the classes

the following books are suggested for integration
D.Hull, An Introduction to Composite Materials, Cambridge University Press
B.D. Agarwal, L.J. Broutman, Analysis and performance of fibre composites – Wiley
P. K.Mallick , Fiber-reinforced composites : materials, manufacturing, and design -M. Dekker
Zenkert D. The Handbook of Sandwich Construction, EMAS Publishing
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M. Quaresimin, Introduzione alla progettazione con i materiali compositi (dispensa del corso). --: in fase di pubblicazione, --.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Ansys