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Classroom Training: An Introduction to Composites for Engineering Staff

Classroom Training: An Introduction to Composites for Engineering Staff

This one-day course has been specifically designed for people working within the composites industry in non-technical roles (e.g. sales, marketing, finance, human resources, administration, etc.), who need to be conversant with composite materials and their terminology, but who don’t necessarily have a scientific background. It is also suitable for those outside the composites industry who are looking for a gentle introduction.

The course assumes no prior knowledge of composites, starting with the most basic fundamentals and progressing at a comfortable rate to cover all of the key aspects of composite materials, their manufacturing and their applications without excessive technical detail. Extensive use is made of hands-on material samples throughout the day to aid visualisation and understanding.

Topics covered:

What is a Composite Material?  

  • What is meant by the term “composite material”
  • What a composite material is made from
  • How a composite material works
  • The advantages and disadvantages of composite materials

Polymer Matrix Composites

  • What is a polymer
  • Why polymers are different from other materials
  • The differences between thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers
  • Which types of thermosetting matrices are commonly used in composites and how they perform
  • Which types of thermoplastic matrices are commonly used in composites and how they perform

Composite Reinforcements & Additives

  • Which types of reinforcement are commonly used in composites and how they perform
  • What is a self-reinforced polymer
  • Which other composite ingredients you might encounter

Intermediate Materials

  • What is meant by an intermediate material
  • Why we use intermediate materials
  • The different forms of intermediate materials
  • How intermediate materials are produced

Composite Material Processing

  • Overview of the various composite material manufacturing processes
  • How to select the best process for a given part
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the various manufacturing routes

Applications of Composites

  • The strengths and weaknesses of composite materials
  • Design considerations with composite materials
  • Key applications of composite materials
  • Why and when composite materials are used instead of other materials

Composite Material Failure

  • Mechanical failure of composites
  • Environmental degradation of composites, including fire, smoke, and toxicity
  • Examination and inspection of composite materials
  • Repair of composite material

The course costs £349 (ex. VAT) per delegate to attend. This includes a full day’s tutoring and course notes, as well as lunch and refreshment breaks.

 

Expert Presenters

Dr Joe Carruthers, NetComposites Ltd

Venue

NetComposites Ltd

4a Broom Business Park
Bridge Way
Chesterfield
S41 9QG

+44 (0) 246 266 244

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