Processing of Composites MECH 5970


See an example brainshark presentation here. A password for this example will be provided to you by Prof. Hansen in class


‚ÄčFinal presentation: The final presentation will present a literature analysis of a specific composite materials topic chosen by each class member. To download the full version of this document click here.

Objectives of this are:

  • To become familiar with technical information resources
  • To gain an in-depth knowledge of a specific modern processing technique in advanced composite materials
  • To critically analyze a set of journal articles

Final Presentation Details

Timeline: The project timeline is tentatively scheduled as per below:

November 8, Project description due: List the proposed presentation topic, and the scope of content that will be covered in the presentation. It should be ~1/2 page and cannot exceed 1 page. Students are required to confirm their topic with Prof. Hansen. No topic will be presented by multiple people, so the first to approve a topic will present it to the exclusion of other class members.

December 6, Presentations due: The presentations will be submitted via the Brainshark online service. The presentations are required to be based on PowerPoint slides, but videos and other supplemental files can be uploaded and shown. The presentation will be strictly limited to 15 minutes. Prof. Hansen will demonstrate in class the simple process of how to upload and edit Brainshark slides.

Topic: Students can choose to write their paper on literature relevant to their Final Presentation topic, or on an alternate topic of interest. The topic may be related to the student’s research (if performing a thesis), but the paper must expand the student’s knowledge base – it cannot just reconstitute knowledge the student already knows.

Topics can range over a broad array of topics. To name just a small fraction of topics, overarching topics include: mold design, 3D-weaving, AFP elastic tailoring, lay-up optimization, wind energy processing, tidal energy processing, unconventional stitches, resin permeability analysis, carbon fibers from textile-grade PAN, diamond fiber composites, residual stresses, distortion prediction, recyclability of composites, green composites, life-cycle analysis of composites, energy usage in composites manufacturing, in-situ cure monitoring, defect suppression, reinforcement deformation, auxetic honeycombs, sandwich processing, non-destructive inspection, raw material variability, 3D printing of particulate- or fiber-reinforced materials. There are many more ... feel free to choose your own adventure!

Rubric: To see the entire rubric please download the entire document here.