June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
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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.
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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