Advanced Composite Manufacturing 2


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.

No sections of this course are currently being offered.