Next course runs in 2019, date TBC
This is a five day intensive course covering the essential concepts and practices of Composite Materials. The course will benefit those with no previous formal introduction to the science of composites: no prior knowledge or experience is assumed. All topics will be introduced from first principles and the emphasis will be on developing an understanding of concepts rather than a detailed review of current practice. The course will include lectures, exercise classes and laboratory sessions.
Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.
Who Should Attend
Those wanting an in-depth introduction to composite materials. The rapid increase in the use of composites means that many people are getting involved with composite materials and finding they need a sound introduction to the subject. It will be suitable for graduates in science or engineering who are entering the field and for technicians engaged in composites technology but who want to understand the science. The course is also suitable for sales and managerial personnel who have a scientific background and are seeking an appreciation of the principles of composite materials.
No prior knowledge or experience of composites is assumed. The course will be taught at graduate level. It should be understood readily by graduates in science or engineering and by technicians of BTEC or equivalent status. The mathematical demands of the course are not great but some understanding of the calculus and the principles of matrix algebra would be advantageous.
This course aims to:
- Provide a systematic understanding of the fundamental science and technology of engineering composite materials
- Study the often complex interactions between the matrix, reinforcement and interface in composite materials, leading to an understanding of the relationships between reinforcement geometry and composite properties
- Provide the principles behind important design considerations, processing technologies and test methods
- Upon successful completion of the course delegates will be able to: describe and comment on the basic mechanical behaviour of composite materials and make sound judgements on the likely behaviour of new combinations of materials
- Support the choices made for using certain types of composites in certain applications with reference to composite properties
- Demonstrate a practical understanding of composite properties and fabrication techniques, and to be able to make realistic suggestions for the evaluation of composite behaviour, where appropriate
The course will include lectures, exercise classes and laboratory sessions:
- Basic mechanics of reinforcement
- Laminate theory
- Fracture processes and toughness of composites
- Reinforcements and matrices
- Interfaces in composites materials
- Manufacturing processes
- Modelling of the processing of fibre composites
- Failure criteria
- Introduction to design
- Notches and joints - the effect of stress concentrations
- Woven composites – structure and behaviour
- Impact and environmental effects
Extensive course notes are provided.
Recommended background reading:
The library has a wide range of textbooks that support this module, including:
|Hull D and Clyne TW, An Introduction to Composite Materials, 2nd ed, Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Agarwal BD and Broutman LJ, Analysis and Performance of Fiber Composites, Wiley, 1980.
(both of which provide a good introduction to the topic.)