Wednesday, 25th October 2017; 9h00 - 17h00

Introduction to fibre-reinforced structural composite materials:

  • Describe the main constituents of fibre-reinforced structural composite materials.
  • Assess the mechanical properties of fibres and organic matrices.
  • Explain the fundamental mechanisms governing the reinforcement of composite materials and complex interactions between the matrix, reinforcement and interfaces.
  • Discuss the long term behaviour of composite pressure vessels: relationships between composite microstructure evolution (damage processes) and its mechanical properties (including time effects).
A. Bunsell

Design, manufacture and performance of textile composites:

  • Describe the main types of textitles used as reinforcements for composites, how they are constructed and how they are transformed into composites.
  • Assess the relative merits and applications of these forms, including manufacturing advantages and mechanical performance.
  • Analyse mechanical performance of textile composites using a multi-scale modelling approach centred on Nottingham's TexGen modelling schema.
  • Discuss future directions for textile composites.
A. Long


Thursday, 26th October 2017; 9h00 - 17h00

Introduction to failure analysis of fibre-reinforced structural composite materials:

  • Describe the different failure mechanisms in laminated composites.
  • Explain different approaches to predict interlaminar damage.
  • Discuss modelling strategies to predict delamination using cohesive zone models.
A. Turon

Composite interfaces/interphases:

  • Learn how the constituents of fibre-reinforced structural composite materials adhere to each other.
  • Learn about the importance of surface properties of fibres and how to characterize constituents.
  • Assess the interfacial properties.
  • Discuss the interface design for novel composite applications.
A. Bismarck
Friday, 27th October 2017; 9h00 - 17h00

Composite materials processing principles:

  • Describe the main methods used to process polymer matrix composite materials.
  • Justify the choice of a given process based on the materials selection, part complexity and production volume.
  • Evaluate the time to process a simple part by Liquid Composite Moulding.
  • Explain the parameters governing the process kinetics and propose strategies to optimize part processing.
V. Michaud

Marine application and long-term behaviour of composite structures:

  • Describe and recognize the composite materials used in marine structures.
  • Understand the reasons for their selection.
  • Identify the main damage mechanisms which need to be accounted for.
  • Summarize main predictive modelling approaches.
P. Davies



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