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Course: Introduction to Composites Manufacturing

Updated: Nov 16, 2021


Learn about composite manufacturing, including materials, manufacturing processes, and repair methods. Composite manufacturing is ready to meet the demands of the modern world, including groundbreaking vehicles and aeronautical designs, which require ever lighter and stronger materials. Composite manufacturing is commonly associated with carbon fiber processes, composite manufacturing combines two materials to form a polymer with properties that would be hard to produce with a single material alone. The resulting composites are durable and light. This course teaches the fundamentals of composite manufacturing, including fiber and resin-based processes, and shows ways to detect and repair defects.

  1. Composites

    1. Fundamentals Of Composites Manufacturing

    2. What is a composite?

    3. History of composites

    4. Where composites are used?

  2. Materials

    1. Fiber reinforcements

    2. Reinforcement Fiber: Terminology, Types, and Formats

    3. Matrix: Resins

    4. Sandwich structures and cores

  3. Manufacturing Methods

    1. Hand Lay-Up

    2. Open Molding

    3. Vacuum-Assisted Resin Transfer Molding

    4. Automated Fiber Placement

    5. Filament Winding

    6. Pultrusion (coming soon)

  4. Inspection Methods and NDT

    1. NDT (Non-Destructive Testing)

    2. Inspection type versus NDT Method

    3. Inspection methods

    4. Visual inspection

    5. Tap testing

    6. Ultrasonic testing

    7. Thermography

    8. Radiographic Testing

    9. Acoustic Emission

    10. Acousto-Ultrasonic

    11. Shearography

  5. Damage Types

    1. Damages

      1. Manufacturing and defects/damages

      2. In-Service Damages

    2. Damage and Defect Description

    3. Composite Structure Repair Procedure

  6. Repair Methods

    1. The need for repair

    2. Repairs

    3. Repairs category

      1. Fill repairs

      2. Injection repairs

      3. Bolted repairs

      4. Bonded repairs

About Addcomposites

Addcomposites is the provider of the Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) system. The AFP system can be rented monthly to work with thermosets, thermoplastic, dry fiber placement, or in combination with 3d printers.


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