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Materials Used in Composites Manufacturing - Skill Group Pathway


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There are many different applications for fibers, tapes, and fabrics in the manufacture of composite parts. Understanding the properties of each form of composite material is important information for anyone working with composite materials.

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Identify common fiber materials used in advanced composites
  • Identify common forms made of fibers
  • Understand how plies of tape can strengthen a composite part in multiple directions
  • Identify common fabric weaves
  • Define fabric drapability and symmetry
  • Identify how the fabric weaves effect fabric properties
  • Define terms including tensile strength, stress, elastic range, plastic range, strain, tensile modulus, shear or rigidity modulus, and brittleness
  • List different polymers used as matrices
  • Differentiate between thermoset and thermoplastic materials
  • Define the advantages of prepreg and two-part resin systems
  • Understand the difference between atmospheric, gauge, and vacuum pressure
  • List the most common types of honeycomb core materials
  • Explain how honeycomb core materials are used in commercial applications
  • Define sandwich structures
  • Define galvanic corrosion
  • Explain material compatibility of core potting compound

Estimated completion time (hours): 8.6