Course detail

Aircraft Composite Structures

FSI-9LKKAcad. year: 2020/2021

Doctoral students will be acquainted with detail problems of composite structures, composite materials application to structure design, possible technology and detail techniques of strength analysis. Topics of micromechanics, and macromechanics theories, joints, application at structure and testing will be presented.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Higher degree of composite structures knowledge


Graduation of Aeronautic composite structures subject.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Reddy, J.N., mechanics of laminated composite plates and shells, Theory and Analysis
Baker, A., Dutton, S., Kelly, D., Composite Materials for Aircraft Structures, AIAA Edication series, ISBN 1-56347-540-5, Reston, 1999 (EN)
Raju, I.S.,O`Brien, T.K., Fracture mechanics concepts, stress fields, strain energy release rate, delamination initiation and growth criteria, NASA-Langley Research Centre, USA, 2008 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Creation and followed defence of defined topic.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal is to familiarize students with specifics of composite materials, their application to structure design, possible technology and detail of strength analysis techniques.

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

Individual form of study, self studying and consultation.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-KPI-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction
2. Structure capability. Failure criteria. Subsequent fails of composites
3. Fracture toughness
4. Virtual crack closing technique.
5. Fatigue.
6. Mechanical characteristics, testing.
7. Joints of composite structures.
8. Structure heath monitoring, NDT, repairs.
9. Quality, quality control.
10. Airworthiness requirements.