Course detail

Aircraft Composite Structures

FSI-OKL-AAcad. year: 2020/2021

Students will be acquainted with fundaments of composite materials, their application to structure design, possible technology and basic strength calculation. Topics of micromechanics, macromechanics, joints, stability, quality assurance, application at structure and testing will be presented.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will gain basic knowledge about composite materials, its application to structure design, technology and strength calculation.


Basic knowledge of strength and elastic theory.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Alan Baker,Stuart Dutton,Donald Kelly, Composite Materials for Aircraft Structure, AIAA
Mahmood Husein Datoo, Mechanics of Fibrous Composites, ISBN 1-85166-600-1, Elsevier Science Publishers, 1991
Middelton, D. H., Compozite materials in aircraft structures, 1st ed., London, Longman Grup, 1990, ISBN: 0-582-01712-2

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit: 90% participation in exercises, completion of all calculated task from exercises. Exam: written test - theoretical background, task calculation

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal is to familiarize students with fundaments of composite materials, their application to structure design, possible technology and basic strength calculation.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Participation in lectures and exercises. Missed exercises will be compensated by self-study of tasks.

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction. Fibres, matrix.
2. Manufacture and component form.
3. Basic characteristics of composites. Micromechanics.
4. Macromechanic. Clasical theory of laminates
5. Capability. Failure criteria.
6. Stability.
7. Sandwich structure.
8. Mechanical property, testing.
9. Properties of composite system.
10. Joining of composite structure.
11. Quality assurance.
12. Airworthiness considerations.
13. Structure Application. Tests.

Laboratory exercise

1 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Testing of mechanical properties.


12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Material selection for application.
2. Mixture rule. Influence of orientation.
3. Lamina stiffness matrix.
4. Laminate stiffness matrix. Stiffness characteristics.
5. Failure criteria.
6. Failure envelope.
7. Bonding joints.
8. Mechanical joints.
9. Stability.
10. Sandwich structure.
11. Repair design.
12. Test design.

E-learning texts

Juracka, Composite structures (en)