Course detail: AERO0490 - Structural Composites
This course provides an introduction to high-performance composite materials, covering both engineering and manufacturing of composite parts and assemblies, basic material properties of the constituents (fiber and matrix), how they combine to form plies, or lamina, how to obtain lamina properties, how laminae are combined to form laminates and how to obtain the laminate properties. Other engineering topics include stress analysis, failure criteria and testing methods. Case studies and lessons-learned will be discussed. Design using composites will include material selection, lamination rules of thumb, weight analysis, fabrication process description, tool design, and preliminary cost and production rate analysis.

  • Historical review of laminated composite usage
  • Constituent materials and properties
  • Formulas and analysis tools to predict mechanical properties of laminates
  • Introduction to manufacturing composites
  • Failure theories and their limitations
  • Coupon level testing methods
  • Introduction to tooling design
  • Design of simple structures and lamination rules of thumb
  • Inspection methods
  • Bonded and bolted joints
  • Hygro-thermal effects
  • Interlaminar and free-edge effects
  • Durability and environmental issues
  • Design problems
Who Should Attend?
The course has proven very helpful to those wanting a broad overview and/or a crash course in composites, experienced engineers looking for a refresher course, stress engineers wanting to understand how composites really work or fail and what to look out for when analyzing parts, data and margins, practicing engineers and managers with metal experience wishing to expand their skill set, anyone wanting to jump into the field but does not know how to go about it, and engineering teams embarking on new projects involving composites.

Course Fees
Early registration course fee: $2,495 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).

Regular registration course fee: $2,695 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

U.S. Federal Employee Discount
This course is available to U.S. federal employees at 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, you must enter the code FGVT116 during the checkout process. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address (ending in .gov or .mil) when creating your online registration profile. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

Certificate Track
Aircraft Structures

Classroom hours / CEUs
31.5 classroom hours
3.15 CEUs

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Course Resources
AERO0490 Course Information and Outline

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