The intention of this course is to present an overview of many important design, manufacture and performance issues relevant to the use of composite materials in a wide range of applications.
The design lectures include essential considerations of composite design, an introduction to the use of finite element analysis and other design tools, as well as the importance of product standards. The lectures on manufacture range from principles of composite processing to the manufacture of large composite structures, and an introduction to recycling and green issues. Composite performance includes non-destructive evaluation, fatigue and delamination issues, as well as repair issues with case studies drawn from bridges, aircraft, pipework and pressure vessels.
This course aims to:
- provide an understanding of many important design, manufacture and performance issues of concern in current applications of composite materials;
- present material (including case studies) which indicate current developments within the technology.