Course Title : Strength of Advanced Materials

Code 10B418
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 2nd term
Class day & Period Thu 2nd
Location C3-Lecture Room 2
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese
Instructor M. Hojo and M. Nishikawa,

Course Description

The mechanism underlying mechanical and functional properties are lectured for advanced materials used and developed in advanced fields of current engineering. In particular, advanced composite materials, used for aircraft structure etc., are introduced, with a detailed description of the relationship between microscopic constituent materials and macroscopic properties from the perspective of multiscale mechanics; also the anisotropy of their properties, their fatigue and fracture properties are described in the basic discipline for strength of materials. The latest applications are introduced in the field of various transportation systems including airplanes.


Grading is based on the reports. The assignments will be given around three times.

Course Goals

The course goal is to understand basic concepts of composite materials and the underlying mechanism of their mechanical properties from multiscale viewpoints, while the phsyical understanding of composites is developed based on multiple disciplines.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Concept of composite materials 2 The concept and definition of composite materials, their constituent materials and manufacturing methods are illustrated. Their application to aircraft structures etc. are also introduced.
Mechanical properties of microscopic constituent materials 2 Resin for matrix and various fiber types are explained including their structure and mechanical properties. The weakest link model and Weibull distribution are described as a basis of the statistic nature of strength.
Basic mechanical properties 4 The specific strength, the specific stiffness, and the rule of mixture for elastic modulus and strength are lectured. In particular, the detailed explanation is made to the anisotropy of elastic modulus, independent elastic constants in the generalized Hookean law, the anisotropic failure criteria, and laminate theory. The relationship between the mechanical properties of microscopic constituent materials and macroscopic properties of composite materials is also illustrated.
Micromechanics 2 The mechanism of transverse fracture is illustrated. The mechanical models are described for short fiber reinforced composites and particle dispersed composites. The micromechanical analyses based on finite element method is also illustrated for the physical understanding of the strength of composite materials.
Fracture mechanics properties 2 Fracture mechanics of anisotropic materials are described. The interlaminar fracture toughness and interlaminar fatigue crack propagation, the critical issues in the application of composite structures, are explained including their underlying mechanism.
Superconducting materials 1 High-temperature superconducting materials are the composite materials consisting of metals and fibrous superconducting materials made of oxides. The mechanism are explained for understanding that their mechanical properties so much control their electric properties.
Process and mechanical properties of composite materials 1 The molding and machining process of composite materials is explained to relate it to their mechanical properties. Fiber preform, the selection of resin, intermediate materials, machining and assembly and inspection methods are overviewed from the academic viewpoints.
Academic achievement test 1 Academic achievements is assessed.


Supplementary handouts will be distributed in the class.


D.Hull and T.W.Clyne, An Introduction to Composite Materials, Cambridge University Press.


Mechanics of Materials, Continuum Mechanics, Fundamentals of Materials, Solid Mechanics, Adv.

Independent Study Outside of Class

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Additional Information

The order and the item in the course are possibly subject to change.