ME8092 Composite Materials and Mechanics Syllabus:

ME8092 Composite Materials and Mechanics Syllabus – Anna University Regulation 2017


  • To understand the fundamentals of composite material strength and its mechanical behavior
  • Understanding the analysis of fiber reinforced Laminate design for different combinations of plies with different orientations of the fiber.
  • Thermo-mechanical behavior and study of residual stresses in Laminates during processing.
  • Implementation of Classical Laminate Theory (CLT) to study and analysis for residual stresses in an isotropic layered structure such as electronic chips.

Unit I Introduction, Lamina Constitutive Equations & Manufacturing

Definition Need General Characteristics, Applications. Fibers Glass, Carbon, Ceramic and Aramid fibers. Matrices Polymer, Graphite, Ceramic and Metal Matrices Characteristics of fibers and matrices. Lamina Constitutive Equations: Lamina Assumptions Macroscopic Viewpoint. Generalized Hooke s Law. Reduction to Homogeneous Orthotropic Lamina Isotropic limit case, Orthotropic Stiffness matrix (Qij), Typical Commercial material properties, Rule of Mixtures. Generally Orthotropic Lamina Transformation Matrix, Transformed Stiffness. Manufacturing: Bag Moulding Compression Moulding Pultrusion Filament Winding Other Manufacturing Processes

Unit II Flat Plate Laminate Constitute Equations

Definition of stress and Moment Resultants. Strain Displacement relations. Basic Assumptions of Laminated anisotropic plates. Laminate Constitutive Equations Coupling Interactions, Balanced Laminates, Symmetric Laminates, Angle Ply Laminates, Cross Ply Laminates. Laminate Structural Moduli. Evaluation of Lamina Properties from Laminate Tests. Quasi-Isotropic Laminates. Determination of Lamina stresses within Laminates.

Unit III Lamina Strength Analysis

Introduction – Maximum Stress and Strain Criteria. Von-Misses Yield criterion for Isotropic Materials. Generalized Hill s Criterion for Anisotropic materials. Tsai- s Failure Criterion for Composites. Tensor Polynomial (Tsai-Wu) Failure criterion. Prediction of laminate Failure

Unit IV Thermal Analysis

Assumption of Constant C.T.E s. Modification of Hooke s Law. Modification of Laminate Constitutive Equations. Orthotropic Lamina C.T.E s. C.T.E s for special Laminate Configurations Unidirectional, Off-axis, Symmetric Balanced Laminates, Zero C.T.E laminates, Thermally QuasiIsotropic Laminates

Unit V Analysis Of Laminated Flat Plates

Equilibrium Equations of Motion. Energy Formulations. Static Bending Analysis. Buckling Analysis. Free Vibrations Natural Frequencies


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