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CIV8803 Advanced Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Adv Mech Tech Fibre Composites
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030903 - Structural Engineering
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Allan Manalo


Pre-requisite: CIV3506 or MEC3203 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or PGCN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS or MENC or MAEN

Other requisites

This is a mirror course to CIV4803 Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites. Students who have successfully completed CIV4803 cannot enrol in CIV8803.


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 students with advanced knowledge of the governing principles of composites, characterization, performance and other technical aspects of practical importance relating to the design and use of fibre composites in various engineering applications.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. research and communicate the recent advances in composite materials, constituent materials of composites, and composite manufacturing processes;
  2. evaluate the mechanical properties of composite materials;
  3. analyse the properties of orthotropic lamina and laminates;
  4. examine failure mechanics and predict the strength and the fatigue life of composite materials;
  5. identify and compare experimental techniques used for composite property evaluation and damage inspections;
  6. identify and design 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 15.00
3. Analysis of composite lamina and laminates 15.00
4. Analysis of composite structures and its connection 15.00
5. Composite sandwich structure 10.00
6. Pultruded composite sections 10.00
7. Property evaluation of composite materials 10.00
8. Durability and environmental effects 10.00
9. Miscellaneous topics 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Agrawal, BD, Broutman, LJ & Chandrashekhara, K 2018, Analysis and performance of fiber composites, 4th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
Bank, LC 2006, Composites for construction: structural design with FRP materials, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
Barbero, EJ 2017, Introduction to composite materials design, 3rd edn, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 55.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 250 25 28 Feb 2020 1,2,3,5,6 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 250 25 21 Apr 2020 2,3,4
ASSIGNMENT 3 500 50 08 Jun 2020 1,2,3,4,5,6

  1. Assignment 1 comprises online quizzes and online technical discussions which will be assessed throughout the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. (ii) Students must participate in discussions posted on the USQStudy Desk.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students must have access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

Date printed 19 June 2020