Processing of Composites MECH 5970

Class Schedule

Lecture

Lecture topic

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Reading

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Assignment

1 (9/6)

Introduction to Processing of Composites. Goals of processing. Definition of composite. Fibers, matrix, interface. Manuf. supply chain.

2 (9/13)

Matrices: materials, rheology, infiltration

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Hoa, ch.2 Strong, ch. 2-6

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3 (9/20)

Prof. Hansen @ American Society Composites. Online lecture video.
Fibers: materials, strengths, costs

Hoa, ch.3 Strong, ch.8-9

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HW #1 assigned

4 (9/27)

Prof. Hansen @ CAMX
Online lecture video and PDF of class notes
Fibers: hierarchical formats
PMC: Molds, open molding, hand lay-up

Hoa, 4 (to p.157) Strong, ch.9, 13,14

HW #2 assigned

5 (10/4)

PMC: Autoclave processing, vacuum bagging

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Hoa 7

HW #3 assigned

(10/11)

Monday schedule for Columbus Day. No class

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6 (10/18)

Prof. Hansen @ Case Western Reserve Univ. Online lecture. Topic: Autoclave pt. 2 and resin curing
In-class option for hands-on lay-up of pre-preg

Hoa 7

7 (10/25)

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PMC: RTM, liquid composite molding

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HW #4 assigned

8 (11/1)

In-class mid-term exam.

9 (11/8)

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PMC: automated tape placement, filament winding

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10 (11/15)

PMC: Braiding, Pultrusion, compression molding, thermoforming. Tour: braider & thermoform labs

Supplemental

HW #5 assigned

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11 (11/22)

MMC: infiltration, dispersion, deformation. CMC: various ceramic matrix-fiber combinations

Supplemental

12 (11/29)

Assembly & post-processing: design to avoid, joining, machining Repairs: fill, scarf, injection, etc.

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Supplemental

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13 (12/6)

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Industrial aspects: safety, storage, handling, disposal/end of life, economics

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Brainshark Presentation