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ENGR 213 or 213H or equivalent or with instructor permission
Introduction to fiber-reinforced composite materials and their applications. Topics include matrices; properties and forms of reinforcement; open and closed molding manufacturing processes; and introduction to resin transfer molding, filament winding, and quality, testing and damage assessment. Basics of factory operations and sustainability of composites are also addressed. Graduate students will complete a design-manufacturing project involving application of fiber-reinforced laminates.
- Classifying composites, fiber types, matrices, and manufacturing processes
- Basics of linear elasticity of anisotropic materials; residual stresses
- Concepts of volume and weight fraction of fiber and matrix
- Matrices and their properties, polyesters, epoxies
- Reinforcements and their forms related to manufacturing
- Sandwich structures, joints and post-processing operations
- Open molding, close molding
- Basics of RTM and filament winding
- Quality and testing
- Basics of damage assessment and repairs
- Basics of factory operations, project planning, business of composites, recycling and sustainability in composites
The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:
- Determine the appropriate manufacturing process for a new product based on analysis of the product requirements, basic components characteristics and factory operations.
- Use a commercial software package to apply the Analysis-Check-Manufacture group process for fiber-reinforced composites.
- Perform basic damage assessment and identify options for sustainability of fiber-reinforced composites.
- Document laboratory team project work in a clearly written and well structured technical report.
- Demonstrate the ability to independently extend one’s knowledge of a given course topic and communicate that knowledge to others through a research paper and oral presentation (IE 592 only).