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CIV4803 Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Allan Manalo


Pre-requisite: CIV3506 or (MEC2402 and MEC3203)


Components and structures manufactured from fibre reinforced polymer composites are used increasingly in a variety of industries. Composite materials have many desirable properties over conventional metallic materials including high corrosion resistance, high strength to weight ratio, and they can easily be optimised to suit any applied load. Moreover, composites are durable materials which are important in attaining a more sustainable and almost maintenance free infrastructure. However, there is still a lack of practicing engineers who are trained to design and use fibre composite materials.

This course provides knowledge and theory on the governing principles of fibre composite materials and structures, characterization, performance and other technical aspects relating to the design and use of fibre composites in various engineering applications.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. review and communicate the recent advances in composite materials, constituent materials of composites, and composite manufacturing processes;
  2. predict the mechanical properties of composite materials;
  3. analyse unidirectional lamina and laminates;
  4. evaluate and critique the techniques used for composite property evaluation;
  5. appraise and report the desirability of composite materials and structures in various engineering applications.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to composites and its application, materials and fabrication processes 10.00
2. Properties of unidirectional composites 20.00
3. Analysis of composite lamina and laminates 20.00
4. Property evaluation of composite materials 15.00
5. Analysis of composite structures and how they are joined 30.00
6. Miscellaneous topics 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Design Model (theoretical) No 25 2,3,4,5
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Online forums No 15 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Case Study No 50 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 10 February 2023