Introduction to Multiscale Modeling of Composite Structures and Materials with MSG/SwiftComp – Online Short Course (20 Hours) Online

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This course will introduce mechanics of structure genome (MSG) as a unified framework for multiscale modeling of composite structures and materials starting from fiber/matrix scale all the way to macroscopic structural scale. This course will emphasize skills of using MSG-based online software tools to perform simulation needed for design and analysis of various types of composite structures such as unidirectional (UD) fiber reinforced composites laminates, 2D and 3D textile composite structures, and honeycomb sandwich structures. This course will use several composites simulation tools on cdmHUB ( which will be freely accessible for registrants.

What You Will Learn


  • Challenges associated with modeling of composite materials and structures.
  • Basic ideas of multiscale modeling of composite materials and structures.
  • Basic ideas of MSG and the advantages of MSG compared with other approaches for modeling composite structures and materials.
  • How to use MSG for micromechanical analysis of composites: predict lamina constants and 3D properties of composite laminates, failure of various types of composite materials.
  • How to use MSG for modeling thin composite structures as a plate: predict ABD matrices, in-plane and flexural properties of composite laminates, equivalent plate properties for honeycomb sandwich structures, failure of composite panels, etc.
  • How to use MSG for modeling slender composite structures as a beam: predict equivalent beam problems for composite rotor blades, high-aspect ratio wings, deployable booms, failure of composite slender structures.


Key Course Topics


  • State-of-the-art multiscale methods
  • MSG and its companion online tools
  • MSG-based micromechanics modeling of composites (e.g., UD composites, particle reinforced composites, and textile composites)
  • MSG-based plate modeling of thin composite structures (e.g., UD laminates, woven laminates, and honeycomb sandwich structures)
  • MSG-based beam modeling of slender composite structures (e.g., I beam, Box beam, tubes, and rotor blades, and other irregular sections)
  • MSG-based failure analysis for typical composite structures and materials (e.g. UD laminates, woven composites, honeycomb sandwich structures)


Who Should Attend

This course is intended for structure engineers and researchers who need to perform stress and failure analysis for design and manufacturing of composite structures. It is also suitable for professors and graduate students who are interested in learning cutting edge tools for multiscale modeling and simulation of composite structures and materials. This online course aims a balanced focus of theoretical fundamentals and hands-on use of advanced computer codes for modeling of composite materials and structures. The students are assumed to have basic knowledge about mechanics of composite materials.

Course Fees (Sign-In to Register)

Non-Member Price: $1045 USD
AIAA Member Price: $845 USD
AIAA Student Member Price: $495 USD

Classroom hours / CEUs
20 classroom hours
2.0 CEUs

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $100.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 14 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be provided.



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Lecture 1 Fundamentals of composites modeling

              1.1 Challenges for modeling and simulation of composite materials and structures

              1.2 Typical modeling approaches for composite materials and structures

Lecture 2 Mechanics of structure genome

              2.1 Introduction to the concept of structure gene (SG) and MSG

              2.2 Applications and advantages of MSG


Lecture 3  Micromechanics modeling

3.1 Theoretical fundamentals of MSG-based micromechanics

3.2 Applications of Gmsh4SC to model typical composites: laminates, fiber reinforced composites, particle reinforced composites, etc.

3.3 Applications of TexGen4SC to model textile composites

3.4 Hands-on exercises


Lecture 4  Plate modeling of composite panels

4.1 Theoretical fundamentals of MSG-based plate modeling

4.2 Demo examples for computing equivalent plate properties (ABD matrices, in-plane and flexural properties)

4.3 Hands-on exercises


Lecture 5  Beam modeling of composite slender structures

5.1 Theoretical fundamentals of MSG-based plate modeling

5.2 Demo examples for computing equivalent beam properties (extension, bending, torsion stiffness, neutral axis, shear center, etc.) for composite blades, high aspect ratio wings, tubes, etc.

5.3 Hands-on exercises

Lecture 6  Failure analysis of composites

6.1 Theoretical fundamentals of MSG-based failure analysis of composites

6.2 Demo examples for predicting strength constants, strength ratio/failure index, and failure envelope

6.3 Hands-on exercises


Lecture 7  Thermoviscoelastic modeling of composites

7.1 Theoretical fundamentals of MSG-based thermoviscoelastic modeling of composites

7.2 Demo examples for computing CTEs, and other time-dependent and temperature-dependent properties

7.3 Hands-on exercises


Lecture 8  Multiscale design and analysis of aerospace structures

8.1 Basic guidelines for multiscale design and analysis of aerospace structures

8.2 Demo examples for multiscale design and analysis of typical aerospace structures including composite rotor blades, high aspect ratio wings, and deployable composite booms

8.3 Hands-on exercises



Dr. Wenbin Yu is a Professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. He also serves as the Director for Composites Design and Manufacturing HUB (cdmHUB), the Associate Director for Composites Virtual Factory HUB (cvfHUB), and the CTO for AnalySwift LLC. His expertise is in micromechanics and structural mechanics with applications to composite/smart materials. He has authored/co-authored 200+ journal papers and refereed conference papers and developed seven computer codes which are being used by tens of thousands of researchers and engineers in government labs, universities, research institutes, and companies. His research has been funded by both federal agencies and private industry. He is an ASME Fellow and AIAA Associate Fellow. He is the current chair of AIAA materials TC and chair-elect for ASME aerospace division. He serves on the editorial board for four international journals and the Steering Committee of the annual ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition.

Dr. Xin Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Industrial, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also a member in the Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies at the UTA Research Institute. His expertise is in data-driven multiscale modeling of composite materials and structures. He has authored/co-authored 20+ journal papers and refereed conference papers. He also developed three computer codes for multiscale modeling of composites. He received the American Society for Composites (ASC) Ph.D. Research Scholarship Award in 2018 and Purdue University Koerner Scholarship in 2017.