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CIV8803-Assignment: 3 – Advanced Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites

CIV8803-Assignment: 3 – Advanced Mechanics and Technology of Fibre Composites

Method of Submission: Electronic submission
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There has been a significant growth in the use of engineered composites for various engineering applications because of their many advantages over traditional construction materials. In civil engineering and construction, their applications include all-composite bridges, repair systems, internal reinforcements, marine piles, railway sleepers, and modular prefabricated houses. In transport, marine, aerospace, industrial, and recreational applications, fibre composites are well accepted due to their lightweight, high-strength and high durability. Based on the topics covered in the course, in this assignment, you are required to identify, evaluate, design, and produce a report of the desirability of fibre composite materials in your own area of discipline. This can be a new application, an alternative solution or a modification to the existing system. In order to avoid duplication, you need to have your design concept approved by 03 May 2019.
The design concept report (15-page maximum excluding Appendices) should then be submitted by 07 June 2019 which addresses the following:

  1. Introduction and background (50 marks)
    This should include a brief introduction and background to the proposed concept, discussion on the problem with the existing system and evaluation of the significance of the new fibre composite solution.
  2. Concept and innovation (50 marks)
    Discuss the overall concept and the innovativeness of your proposed composites solution and appraise its advantages over existing products or systems. A conceptual drawing should be created.
  3. Strength and durability requirements (125 marks)
    Identify the design requirements (strength and serviceability) and durability consideration in the proposed concept. Select and justify the type and appropriate forms of fibres, types of resin and fabrication process that will comply with the strength and durability requirements.
  4. Design and evaluation (150 marks)
    Design, analyse and evaluate the suitability of the proposed system in terms of strength and stiffness based on the required application. This section should include the material and geometrical specifications of the proposed concept and identification of the suitable connection system of the composite solution to the rest of the structure.
  5. Application, maintenance and other issues (100 marks)
    Identify possible issues in the design, production and application. Other issues that will limit the application including maintenance of the proposed composites solution should be also discussed. Recommendations to address these issues should be identified and reported.
  6. References (25 marks)
    All references should be cited appropriately within the text and provided in a list in accordance with the recommended USQ format.
    Grading system:
    0-20% – Information not stated, or not clear, or evident
    21-40% – Very limited discussion and information poorly presented
    41-60% – Incomplete information and limited discussion
    61-80% – Contains significant discussion and information
    81-100% – Complete information and extremely well discussion

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