This introductory course presents the important fundamentals of advanced composite manufacturing. Participants will gain a working understanding of the various materials used, the importance of ply orientation, the differences between wet and prepreg layup, and basic processing methods.
The Advanced Composite Manufacturing 1 course is intended for those seeking to develop hands-on skills in the fabrication of composite laminates, whether in preparation for employment in the advanced composite industry, or as engineers or technicians desiring a more advanced understanding of the practical skills involved in producing a quality composite structure. Course participants should have a diploma or GED. Shop experience is beneficial but not required.
At the end of this course, participants will have a fundamental understanding of fibers, fiber forms, thermoset and thermoplastic resins, storage and handling procedures, basic laminate construction methods, vacuum bagging and curing/processing methods.
Key lecture topics:
- Composite industry overview: applications for composites, history and current technologies
- Material forms: non-woven mat, unidirectional, bidirectional, multi-axial and braided weaves
- Fundamentals of laminate construction: ply orientation, balance and symmetry
- Manufacturing methods: wet layup, prepreg layup, filament winding, automated tape layup, automated fiber placement, resin infusion, press molding, pultrusion and more
- Matrix resins: thermoset vs. thermoplastic polymers, process temperatures, service limits, storage requirements, shelf life limits, pot life/work life and more
- Process equipment: oven, autoclave, platen press and more
- Health and safety: MSDS awareness and material-specific issues
- Industry terminology
Key workshop exercises:
- Panel layup using dry glass cloth and liquid epoxy resin materials
- Vacuum bagging of laminates using various materials and techniques
- Layup of solid laminate and sandwich panels using prepreg materials; laminates made from carbon fiber unidirectional tape, glass and aramid fiber fabrics
- Damage removal and repair to composite panels
- Oven processing of composite panels
- Visual inspection of composite panels and repairs
This course may be taken independently or applied toward the two-course Advanced Composite Manufacturing Certificate offered through Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.