Processing of Composites MECH 5970

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The Final Paper

‚ÄčFinal paper: The final paper will consist of a student choosing a topic related to a composites processing technique not discussed in class, or a new aspect not covered in class that relates to an existing technique that was discussed in class. To download the pdf version of this document click here.

Objectives of this assignment 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

Paper requirements: ~10 page (15 page max) paper. Includes figures, tables, and references. Due date is Monday December 13 at 6:30pm (this corresponds to the start time of the final exam period for the course). The paper must cite academic journal articles from reputable journals. Internet sources will be permitted, but not as the majority of references, and only when judiciously used for citation of commercial products, recent news topics, etc. Examples of reputable composite materials journals:

Composites Science and Technology
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing Composites Part B: Engineering
Journal of Composite Materials
Composite Structures
Nature Materials
Advanced Materials
Advanced Functional Materials

For links to these above journals and many other research resources see here!

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 merely reconstitute knowledge already known by the student. Students are encouraged to confirm their topic with Prof. Hansen in order to avoid overlap with other students, and to tailor the topic to the paper.

Topics can range over a broad array of topics. To name just a small fraction of topics, overarching topics include: mold design, 3D-weaving, 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, styrene- free resins, in-situ cure monitoring, defect suppression, reinforcement deformation, auxetic honeycombs, sandwich processing, non-destructive inspection, hybrid materials, raw material variability, 3D printing of particulate- or fiber-reinforced materials. There are many more ... feel free to choose your own adventure!