This course is designed as follow-up to Advanced Composite Manufacturing 1 and is intended for those wishing to further their knowledge of composite manufacturing, whether in preparation for employment in the advanced composite industry or as engineers or technicians desiring a further understanding of the practical skills involved in producing quality composite structures. Participants should have a high school diploma or GED. Shop experience is beneficial but not required.
At the end of the Advanced Composite Manufacturing 2 course, participants will have an intermediate-level understanding of composite layup and vacuum bagging techniques for complex shapes, fabrication of potted honeycomb core assemblies and manufacturing composite component parts using production type tooling, as well as a fundamental understanding of the documentation and record keeping required to support composite manufacturing.
Key lecture topics:
- Mold preparation: using semi-permanent polymer release systems
- Quality assurance in manufacturing: planning, in-process inspection and record keeping systems
- Challenges in layup of complex geometries: maintaining ply orientation/symmetry
- Vacuum bagging complex shapes for autoclave processing
- Introduction to tooling: molds and fixtures
- Overview of non-destructive inspection methods
Key workshop exercises:
- Mold preparation: clean, seal and release molds for service
- Cut, machine and edge-pot honeycomb core materials for use in layup
- Cutting and kitting prepreg fabrics and adhesives
- Layup, vacuum bag, and processing complex sandwich core panels
- Demold parts, cleanup edges and inspect for flaws (A-scan demo)
- Part marking, packaging and storage of parts used for assembly
This course may be taken independently or applied toward the three-course Advanced Composite Manufacturing Certificate offered through Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.