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Mechanics, Process, And Design Simulation Of Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials – A New Course Development

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Curriculum Implementation of Materials Advances

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12.1050.1 - 12.1050.12



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Yaomin Dong Kettering University

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Dr. Yaomin Dong is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 1998. Dr. Dong has extensive R&D experience in automotive industry and holds multiple patents. Dr. Dong's areas of expertise include metalforming processes, design with composite materials, and finite element analysis.

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Jacqueline El-Sayed Kettering University

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Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed is the Director of the Center for Excellence of Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University. Dr. El-Sayed’s areas of expertise include manufacturing optimization and multi-disciplinary team teaching and course development. She currently serves as the leader of the Plastics Product Design Specialty within the Mechanical Engineering program. In 2004, she was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission representing all four year colleges and universities, and in 2006 was elected chair. The MTSC provides education and compliance programs to increase truck safety in Michigan. She also serves as the Chair of the Driver’s Education Advisory Committee and the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee to Michigan’s Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.

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Mechanics, Process, and Design Simulation of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials – a New Course Development


Composite materials are widely used due to their advantages in high strength to weight ratios, high corrosion resistance, high fatigue life in cyclic loading, and great potential in styling design. This paper presents a new composite course development focusing on the properties, mechanics, manufacturing aspects, and design simulation of fiber-reinforced composite materials. Together with Properties of Polymers (MECH-580), Polymer Processing (IME-507), and Plastics Product Design (MECH-584), this new course will be an integral part of the course portfolio for the Plastic Product Design Specialty at Kettering University, which emphasizes both experimental labs and simulation techniques. Topics include Classical Laminate Theory (CLT), material characterization, failure and damage, manufacturing techniques, and composite structure and design. A course project is also developed to demonstrate the application of composite materials and design simulation. Kettering is a member of the Partners for the Advancement of CAE Education (PACE) program, and the term project will be performed using advanced workstations and CAE software suite.

1. Introduction

Composite materials are widely used in diverse applications due to their advantages in high strength to weight ratios, high corrosion resistance, high fatigue life in cyclic loading, and great potential in styling design. From aircrafts, spacecrafts, submarines, and surface ships to civil structures, automobiles, and sporting goods, advanced composite materials consisting of high strength fibers embedded in matrix materials are gaining increasing popularity. The Plastic Product Design Specialty (PPDS) is one of the six Mechanical Engineering’s specialties at Kettering University. As a specialty, PPDS does not offer a course on composite materials in Kettering University today. Our students often ask for help in the field of composite materials used in their co-op jobs, senior thesis work, and other capstone course projects. A course focusing on the composite materials is much needed. In a recent Polymers Industrial Advisory Board Meeting at Kettering, the authors proposed a course outline to be developed on mechanics, processing, and design aspects of fiber-reinforced composite materials. The Board approved the proposal and gave input and a strong endorsement to the endeavor.

The topic of composite materials has a very broad spectrum. From a material science and engineering aspect, microstructures and properties are the main focus. The mechanics of composite materials includes equilibrium, stress, strain, deformation, linear and nonlinear behaviors and the relationships between them. The manufacturing processes of various composite structures deal with the tool design, process setup and quality control. The design and analysis of composite products must be based upon a foundation of understanding of all the areas above. Each of these topics can be a separate course, and is offered as such at various educational institutes. The need for a practical composite materials course for our students and the unique characteristics of Kettering University’s 12-week terms determine the theme of the proposed course presented in this paper:

Dong, Y., & El-Sayed, J. (2007, June), Mechanics, Process, And Design Simulation Of Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials – A New Course Development Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2043

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