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Composite structures


A general course (16.25 h) to the whole group is given on laminate theory and technos. A handout deals with simple and more complex issues of composite theories. A general presentation deals on technos.


Main Objectives :

The student will be able to perform simple sizing of composite structures and to choice a couple manufacturing/material for a given case study.



The student will be able to:

  • Choice a couple of fibers and matrix and their commercial products.
  • Choice a type of composite structure: laminates, sandwichs, 2D1/2,3D, 4D.
  • Determine the manufacturing method: hand layup,  fiber placement, RTM, LRI, RFI.
  • To be inspired by solutions of automotive, naval, wind energy or aerospace industry.
  • To be inspired by past experience in aeronautic industry.
  • Know and use laminate theory.  
  • Knows and use simple sizing of junctions.
  • Know issues of impact and ageing.
  • Know issues of failure  and damage.
  • Realize a case study: example wing box of an acrobatic aircraft
  • Make a presentation of their sizing and their design.


Work in a collaborative manner.

Needed prerequisite

- Beam theory, Continuum mechanics, Materials behaviors.
- Matrix calculation.

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...