CIVIL-464 / 3 credits

Teacher(s): Vassilopoulos Anastasios, Molinari Jean-François

Language: English


Summary

The course offers the opportunity to gain practical experience in the characterization of fiber reinforced polymer and manufacturing/production methods for composite structures. The material is presented by lectures and visits to the laboratory. This is mainly a project based - hands on course

Content

Keywords

Composites, Design, Product development, Life cycle analysis

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Basic knowledge of physics, mechanics of materials, mathematics

Previous participation to Civil-443 - Advanced composites in engineering structures would be an asset.

 

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Design and manufacture physical prototypes
  • Coordinate a small multidisciplinary group
  • Defend their project in front of an audience
  • Analyze multiple parameters and take decisions
  • Demonstrate the applicability of their product

Transversal skills

  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.

Expected student activities

Students are expected to attend the lectures and work on their project (in groups). The students would spend most of their time for the design (in their own place) and in the laboratory for the fabrication of their selected composite structure/structural component assisted in all steps of this process by the teaching team. 

Laboratory work will be mainly executed in the facilities of the Structures and Materials laboratory of the Institute of Civil Engineering (IIC) https://www.epfl.ch/schools/enac/research/research-iic/structures-and-materials/, that will provide all necessary equipment and facilities for the experimental investigations and the manufacturing of the composite structures.

The course will be affiliated to SKIL and students will be, as well as, able to work within SKIL for their projects and get support from SKIL personnel.

Assessment methods

The evaluation of the course will be based on:

  • Active participation
  • Intermediate report
  • Final project and report / assessment of the structure

Marks will be awarded based on the construction and aesthetics as well as the structural performance of the final product.

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Yes

Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

"Le contenu de cette fiche de cours est susceptible d'être modifié en raison du covid-19"

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Composites design and innovation
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Composites design and innovation
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

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