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Introduction To Low Cost Manufacturing Of Composite Laminates

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Unique Laboratory Experiments & Programs

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8.785.1 - 8.785.13



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Jitendra Tate

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Ronnie Bolick

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Ajit Kelkar

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Session 2003-1482


Ajit D. Kelkar, Jitendra S. Tate and Ron Bolick

Department of Mechanical Engineering North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411


This new laboratory experiment in MEEN 300 Experimental Methods in Engineering in undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum, presents new low cost fabrication process known as Vacuum Assisted resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) to manufacture composite laminates. This experiment emphasizes mechanical engineering concepts such as ability to apply knowledge of science; ability to design a process to meet desired needs; knowledge of contemporary issues; ability to solve engineering problems which are listed in course content evaluation form of ABET (American Board of Engineering and Technology). The experiment is divided into three laboratory sessions. Each session runs approximately one hour and fifty minutes.


In this session students are introduced to composite materials and different manufacturing techniques. The VARTM process is discussed in detail.

Overview of Composites

A composite material is made of two or more chemically different materials with a distinct interface between them. The individual constituents maintain their own properties. However, the combination of materials develops a material that has properties and characteristics

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual conference & Exposition Copyright  2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Tate, J., & Bolick, R., & Kelkar, A. (2003, June), Introduction To Low Cost Manufacturing Of Composite Laminates Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11656

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