Course detail

Aircraft Composite Structures

FSI-OKL-AAcad. year: 2023/2024

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.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Entry knowledge

Basic knowledge of strength and elastic theory.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Course-unit credit: 90% participation in exercises, completion of all calculated task from exercises. Exam: written test - theoretical background, task calculation
Participation in lectures and exercises. Missed exercises will be compensated by self-study of tasks.


The goal is to familiarize students with fundaments of composite materials, their application to structure design, possible technology and basic strength calculation.
Student will gain basic knowledge about composite materials, its application to structure design, technology and strength calculation.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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

Recommended reading

Middelton, D. H., Compozite materials in aircraft structures, 1st ed., London, Longman Grup, 1990, ISBN: 0-582-01712-2


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-ENG-Z Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, recommended
  • Programme N-AST-A Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

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)