Introduction to Composites

This course is designed for the student who has little or no prior experience with composite materials and processes. It is also an excellent refresher for those who have some experience in this area. In this course we introduce a variety of composite materials, forms, processes, laminate design ideas, and basic construction and manufacturing principles.

Class Details

Class Name:
Introduction to Composites
Composite technicians, engineers, quality assurance inspectors, procurement personnel, and anyone interested in advanced composites.
2 Day Course

Learning Objectives

To provide the student with a fundamental understanding of advanced composite materials, properties, and manufacturing processes and methods used in fabricating and inspecting these types of structures.

Outline At-a-Glance

  • Composite technology overview: history, recent developments, and an introduction to industry terminology
  • Advantages and disadvantages of composite materials
  • Health and safety concerns
  • Fibers: properties of glass, carbon, Kevlar®, boron, and quartz fibers
  • Fiber forms: non woven, unidirectional, bidirectional, and multi-axial fabrics & forms
  • Resins: thermoset and thermoplastic resin matrices
  • Laminate design fundamentals: quasi-isotropic, balanced, and symmetric laminate properties
  • Core materials: foam, honeycomb, and balsa core materials
  • Molding methods: contact molding (wet and prepreg hand layup), resin/film infusion processing, pultrusion, filament winding, tape laying, and fiber placement technologies
  • Vacuum bagging materials and techniques: oven vs. autoclave issues
  • Curing thermoset resins: understanding viscoelastic properties and determining cure of thermoset resins
  • Service environment concerns: lightning strike protection, corrosion concerns, chemical and environmental exposure issues
  • Non-destructive inspection methods and techniques: visual inspection, tap testing, radiography, thermography, holographic laser interferometry, laser shearography, and ultrasonic A & C scans