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AA432x: Composite Materials Overview for Engineers

University of Washington via edX

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Composites are used in many industries today to enable high-performance products at economic advantage. These industries range from space to sports and include manufactured products for aircraft, transportation, energy, construction, sports, marine, and medical use. There are many material, economic and aesthetic advantages to using composites, but a solid knowledge of the physical properties, including the mechanics, tooling, design, inspection & repair, and manufacturing options is required for working in this medium as they are intrinsically linked.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of composite materials for high performance structures from the point of view of Aerospace engineering design, manufacturing, and repair. It is designed to address critical areas of composite technologies that focus on materials, manufacturing, mechanics, design, inspection, and repair.  In this course students will learn how composite materials achieve properties of strength, weight ratios and durability that surpass aluminum in aircraft design.  For these high performance applications engineers typically rely on laminated structures, which are built up from many varying layers of ply-materials. Using this process the mechanical properties of the composite part can be tailored to specific applications resulting in significant weight and cost savings. Tailoring specific properties and designing innovative laminate structures highlights the multidisciplinary nature of this industry and how it touches the expertise of many disciplines including engineers, mechanics, and inspection specialists.

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to identify the unique characteristics of composites and understand how advanced composite structures are designed, manufactured and maintained.

When you have finished this course, you will be able to:

Demonstrate understanding of fundamentals in materials, manufacturing, mechanics, design, and repair of polymeric matrix composites
Identify advantages and disadvantages of polymeric matrix composites with respect to metals
Apply the knowledge acquired  to the design and manufacturing of high performance composite structures

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Kuen Y. Lin

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Jose F
by Jose completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course is a good introduction to Composite Materials and it's aimed for people who wants to work in the aerospacial industry. I think that it was a good course for people who wants to get some basic knowledge in composite's material science. The difficulty of the course is medium-easy and you don't really need to be an expert in programming to understand the program used (based on Matlab).
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Don J
Don completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
this course has only week 1 now the other 9 week are not available please see in to this and make the whole course available or it will be a shame since there is no other course online for free covering composite so I will appreciate if you can get this course online again.
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Sharan A
Sharan completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
The world is composite and complex in nature. Most of the innovative material developed at the college level needs a sustained background of the knowledge. The present course aids in completing the fulfillment of such ideas....
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Nuno G
Nuno completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It's a good training in fiber composite, with strong emphasis carbon fiber, go thru all the areas of production of fiber composite
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Youcef Y
by Youcef completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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