15 credits at level HE7
Developing a familiarisation of the principles and definitions of the manufacture and fabrication of fibre reinforced composites employed and/or predicted to be employed within industry .
Developing participants’ knowledge and skills in the application of composites within engineering analysis, design and manufacturing processes
• Fibres & Matrices
• Processing techniques, Inclusive of: Autoclave, Press-clave, vacuum bagging, RTM etc..
• Cure Cycles
• Additives and matrix blending
• Particulates and nano composites
• Accuracy & tolerances
• Adhesives & Bonding
• Surface finish & pre-treatments
• Tooling systems
• Quality & Repeatability
• Waste management
The module will consist of a series of formal lectures that are technical in content and focus and that are supported by e-learning materials, practicals, tutorials and industrially relevant case studies where appropriate.
The module will be assessed by completion of a two written assignments supported by a presentation that have industrial relevance.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate a general knowledge of the composite manufacturing sector||Differentiate between the range of composite products and identify methods of manufacture|
|2.||Demonstrate a clear understanding of the processes available for the designer/engineer||Discuss the role and range of processes used within the various sectors and how the processes change depending on end use|
|3.||Relate performance and finish properties to material and process requirements||Explain the main performance requirements and the relationship between raw materials , process and end uses|
|4.||Relate the various manufacturing process to their potential for joining and assembly||Identify various composite constructions and explain how they are assembled and joined|
|5.||undertake research and information gathering information on application of a specific manufacturing/ joining process for composites within a chosen market sector||Retrieve and analyse relevant information from a wide variety of sources|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Report of a new innovative product or process comparing it with similar products manufactured from metallics.||Presentation of a new composite application describing its method of manufacture and how either the number of parts can be reduced or a new joining method can be applied.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
1. Eckold, Geoff, (1994), Design and manufacture of composite structures, Cambridge : Woodhead Publishing, ISBN: 9781855730519
2. Gay, Daniel; Tsai, Stephen W; Hoa, S. V, (2003), Composite materials : design and applications, London, Boca Raton, Fla., ISBN: 9781587160844,
3. Gay, Daniel; Hoa, S. V, (2007), Composite materials : design and applications, London, Boca Raton, Fla., ISBN: 1420045199
|Host Subject Group:||Engineering|
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