The analysis and design procedures of composite material structures are considerably more complex than those of their metallic counterparts.

This is due to the anisotropic nature of typical laminated composite materials. To achieve safe and reliable structural systems, the composites designer/analyst needs to have a sound knowledge and firm grasp of the underlying principles of the structural response of composite materials. This course aims to provide the basic knowledge and understanding of the mechanics of composite materials utilised in the advanced engineering structures (aerospace, naval, automotive, etc.) in order to permit their efficient use in design applications.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 13 - 17 May 2024
  • Duration1 week
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1795.   The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

This five day course includes lectures and hands on lab based computer sessions to support the design and optimisation of different composite structures, developed during the theoretical sessions and validated against available analytical solutions (ESDU datasheets). All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

This course aims to:

  • Enhance awareness of engineers and designers of the problem areas pertaining to composites and to promote good design practice
  • Provide an understanding of the underlying principles and techniques associated with the stress analysis and strength predictions of composite material structures
  • Provide a hands-on experience of the solution methods and procedures pertaining to the analysis of real structural problems
  • Illustrate the influence of fibre orientation and stacking sequence in laminated construction in determining the optimal response to specified loading
  • Introduce the basics of impact damage and crashworthiness in composites.

Core content

  • Introduction to Composite Materials
  • Analysis of an Individual Ply
  • Macro-mechanics of a Laminate
  • Fatigue and Damage Tolerance of Composite Structures
  • Repair of Composite Structures
  • Failure Analysis of Composite Structures
  • Impact of Composite Structures
  • Crashworthiness of Composite Structures
  • Structural Stability of Composite Structures
  • Finite Element Modelling of Composite Structures
  • Practical FEM - ABAQUS


A typical timetable for this course is available to give you an idea of how this course is structured. Please note that this is not the actual timetable for the upcoming course and is subject to change.

Who should attend

This course is aimed at those who are interested in the application of composite materials for the development of efficient lightweight structural designs. The course would be suitable for new and experienced engineers and designers in the field of composites wishing to gain a sound knowledge base of the mechanics of composite materials and to gain hands-on experience of the analysis methods and procedures pertaining to actual composite structural elements.

  • Military and Naval engineering staff
  • Aircraft/Aerospace engineers
  • Automotive/Racing car engineers
  • Civil and Structural engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Research engineers
  • Stressing and Design engineers
  • Certification engineers
  • Accident investigation staff
  • Design and Technical management personnel.


  • Dr Hessam Ghasemnejad
  • Dr Mehdi Yasaee
  • Dr Iman Dayyani
  • Dr Yigeng Xu
  • Mr Jason Brown
  • Prof Joseph Loughlan


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

We are pleased to offer an exclusive accommodation package at our Mitchell Hall hotel. Located on campus, all rooms are en-suite and available on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. The cost of this package is £560.

If you would like to book our accommodation package for this short course*, please indicate this on your registration form.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

*Subject to availability.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.