Course detail: 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: $2,595 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).
Regular registration course fee: $2,795 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

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.

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

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
AERO0490 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

 Session Information: PA25055F

Schedule: This course meets September 16 - 20, 2024. Class times are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday, and 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Friday.
Times: 08:00am-04:00pm CDT
Early registration for a 5-day class : $2595.00


Note: Students enrolled in this course will receive electronic copies of the course materials prior to the start of the course (notebooks, textbooks, etc.) as included in their course registration fee. To access these materials, students will need to bring a computer or other electronic device with PDF-viewing capabilities with them to class each day. Internet access and power supply will be provided on site. If you require learning accommodations contact us at and we will work with you on an accessible solution.


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Max U. Kismarton

Facility Detail

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $250.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 5 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.