Composite Strength & Stiffness

If you need to focus on improving the strength and stiffness elements of your composite designs this course will give you a knowledge of composite properties and an understanding of how each of the plies effect the global part.

Composites are a much more complex material to predict the behaviour of than traditional bulk plastics and metals.

In this course we will give you an understanding of the theory behind how to build up the part properties of a composite from the properties of the individual plies. We'll then look at how to take those part properties back down to the ply level to work out when the first ply will fail.

What we’ll cover:

  • The fundamentals and physical principles of strength and stiffness
  • The difference between Micro and Meso levels:
    • Micromechanics (via rule of mixtures):
      • In-plane stiffness and in-plane strength
    •  Mesomechanics:
      • ABD matrix
      • Coupling effects
      • Polar plots
      • Carpet plots
      • First ply failure
  • The basics of Classical Lamination Theory
  • How coupling works
  • Performing basic calculation on strength and strain
  • Performing the preliminary design of a simple composite structure
  • Building intuition on how composite structures work

We're here to help

If you have any questions about this course or whether it's right for you please contact our training team.

Email: [email protected]

Call: +44 (0)117 370 7600, 9:00 - 16:00 GMT Monday - Friday

Virtual Classroom Course:

  • Live classes delivered by our expert tutors
  • Broadcast from our on site studio
  • Maximum 15 students per class
  • Fully interactive, ask questions & participate in group discussions
  • Personalised course completion certificate

Cost:  £800 per person

Duration: 4 x 3 hour classes over 4 days - 09:30-12:30

Course availability:

  • 15th - 18th July 2024
  • 14th - 17th October 2024

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In person course:

  • Delivered by our expert tutors on site at the National Composites Centre, Bristol
  • Maximum 10 students per course
  • Refreshments and lunch included
  • Course materials
  • Personalised course completion certificate

Cost:  £800 per person

Duration: 2 days, 9:00 – 16:30

NCC, Bristol - Course availability:

  • We are continuously updating our course calendar. Please contact us for future dates for this course. Email [email protected]


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