About the course
This is the second course in the Certificate program on Aircraft Composite Materials & Manufacturing. Building on the knowledge of composite materials comprehensively covered in the first course, this course will primarily focus on an in-depth coverage of the manufacturing processes of fiber reinforced thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials. Manufacturing advantages of Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs) allow for better surface and dimensional control, reduced part count, reduced assembly time, and potential for eliminating and/or minimizing use of threaded fasteners. Key topics covered in this course will include: manufacturing fundamental terminologies; state-of-the -art composite manufacturing processes; theory of porosity and void formation; thermoset resin cure kinetics, how to select manufacturing process control variables and use of process models, residual stresses; sandwich structures; tooling considerations; fabrication and assembly; repair considerations; environmental effects including lightning strike protection schemes, and quality control and quality inspection techniques.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
- Manufacturing fundamentals and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes for thermoset and thermoplastic composites
- How to select manufacturing process control variables and use of process models to produce high quality reproducible parts
- Theory of porosity and void formation, thermoset resin cure kinetics
- Relationships between viscosity, gellation and degree of cure in thermosets
- Manufacturing defects, tooling considerations, fabrication and assembly, repair of composites, environmental effects and lightning protection schemes, and quality control and quality inspection techniques
GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
- Participate and complete composites lab work at the UW
- Take a field trip to a Boeing composites manufacturing facility (optional)
- Participate and complete repair lab exercise at Boeing DC facility
Professor K. B. Das has been teaching at the UW since 1978. He worked for Boeing for 24 years in materials and processes engineering and 16 years in QA organizations before retiring in February 2003. He has more than 40 years of research and development experience in high vacuum technology, rapid...
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