ENME417-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Advanced Composite, Polymeric and Ceramic Materials

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course is intended to reveal the correlation between structure and physical characteristics of plastics and composites necessary for appropriate material selection, design and processing. The course is concerned with the relationship between the structure, properties and processing of non-metallic materials (polymers, composites and ceramics)

Domestic manufacturing industries rely on recruiting graduates with a strong background in polymers and composites, and, to a lesser extent, ceramics. These classes of materials are becoming more important to industry especially in the transportation, electronic and consumer manufacturing industries.

• Introduction to composites
• Classes of composites
• Manufacturing of composites
• Fibre architecture
• Micromechanics and macromechanics of composites
• Composite sandwich structures
• Hygrothermal properties
• Characterisation and testing of composite materials
• Review of polymer structure-property relationships
• Advanced thermomechanical properties
• Advanced processing of polymers
• Analysis of polymer processing
• Design for manufacture
• Polymer processing simulation and modelling
• Advanced engineering ceramics

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge outcomes:
  • Be familiar with a range of composite types, their production and commercial applications of composites.
  • Understand mechanical behaviour of composites and the underpinning theoretical background.
  • Understand the underlying principals of polymer structure-properties relationships.
  • Understand theoretical approaches to modelling processes in polymer manufacturing.
  • Understand design principles for the manufacture of polymer-based products.
  • Be familiar with the field of engineering ceramics and general theoretical background.

    Skills outcomes:
  • Ability to select the correct non-metallic materials for various engineering applications.
  • Ability to predict mechanical properties of composite materials.
  • Develop computer software to assist with composite design.
  • Perform calculations in polymer processing and analysis based on first principals and modern simulation/modelling software.
  • Ability to test and characterize composites and polymers.

    Personal outcomes:
  • Ability to confidently communicate with other composite/plastics engineers.
  • Appreciation of local industries involved with non-metallic materials and manufacturing
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 James Logie 105 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Geography 602 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 17:30 Mech 131 Materials Lab 17 Aug - 23 Aug
02 Monday 08:00 - 10:30 Mech 131 Materials Lab 17 Aug - 23 Aug
Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:30 Civil - Mech E106 7 Sep - 13 Sep
02 Wednesday 15:00 - 17:30 Civil - Mech E106 7 Sep - 13 Sep

Contact Person

Mark Staiger


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework bi-weekly 10%
Lab Reports 20% Due 1 week after lab
Project 20%
Test 50%

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

* Harassment of any sort will not be tolerated.  Each UC student is here to learn and to experience a friendly and supportive community.
* It is every student's right to expect: respect and courtesy from staff and other students, including freedom from harassment of any sort; fair treatment; the ability to speak out about any issues that concern them, without fear of consequences for their safety and well-being.
* Furthermore, each student has the responsibility to: respect the rights and property of others; attend to their own health and safety, and that of others; and behave in a manner towards each other that does not reflect badly on the student body or the University.
* If you, or someone you know, has experienced harassment, please talk to your lecturers, directors of study, or head of department.

Dishonest Practice
* Plagiarism, collusion, copying, and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.
* Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (test, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgment of the source.
* Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjunction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the named author(s).
* Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.
* Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment.

Do not engage in dishonest practices. The Department reserves the right to refer dishonest practices to the University Proctor and where appropriate to not mark the work.
The University regulations on academic integrity and dishonest practice can be found here.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,102.00

International fee $5,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering.

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