Course detail: Structural Composites - ONLINE

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
Course Schedule
When this course is offered online for open enrollment delivery, it meets for 8 live-online sessions held 2 times per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) for 3.5 hours. All live sessions are recorded and made available online the following day. The live course sessions account for 28 hours of the total 31.5 instructional hours of the course. The remaining hours (45-60 minutes per week) will consist of assigned work (readings, assignments, etc.) between live class sessions.
For in-house training, contact us at for your custom scheduling needs.

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 Fee
Early Online Registration fee: $2,195*
Regular Online Registration fee: $2,395
*Early registration fee is available if you register and pay at least 7 days prior to the course start
Registration is open until the first day of the course; however, early registration is encouraged.
The online course fee includes individual access to the Zoom course meetings and to course materials, readings, videos, and resources in Blackboard, the University of Kansas Learning Management System.
No additional textbook purchases are required outside the course fee. However, it is recommended students purchase the following textbook, which will be useful to utilize during this course: Composite Airframe Structures by Michael Niu; Hong Kong Conmilit Press Ltd.; Third edition (December 31, 2010) - ISBN-10: 962-7128-06-6 / ISBN-13: 978-962-7128-06-9.

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.

Netherlands Defence Academy Discount
This course is available to Netherlands Defence Academy employees at a discounted registration fee. Please contact the NDA Procurement and Contracting department for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount.

Certificate Track
Aircraft Structures

Classroom hours / CEUs
31.5 classroom hours
3.15 CEUs

Course Accessibility
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in University of Kansas educational offerings. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in our Aerospace Short Courses, please email or call 785-864-6779 at least three weeks before the first day of the event.
Please note: If you are attending an Aerospace Short Course onsite at your place of employment, please contact your company's training coordinator for accommodation requests.

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Course Resources
Technical Requirements and Details for Aerospace Online Short Courses
AERO0495 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

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