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4 Credits
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ENGR 213 or 213H or equivalent or with instructor permission
Roberto Albertani
412 Rogers

Course Description

Introduction to fiber-reinforced composite materials and their applications. Topics include matrices; properties and forms of reinforcement; open and closed molding manufacturing processes; and introduction to resin transfer molding, filament winding, and quality, testing and damage assessment. Basics of factory operations and sustainability of composites are also addressed. Graduate students will complete a design-manufacturing project involving application of fiber-reinforced laminates.


  • Classifying composites, fiber types, matrices, and manufacturing processes
  • Basics of linear elasticity of anisotropic materials; residual stresses
  • Concepts of volume and weight fraction of fiber and matrix
  • Matrices and their properties, polyesters, epoxies
  • Reinforcements and their forms related to manufacturing
  • Sandwich structures, joints and post-processing operations
  • Open molding, close molding
  • Basics of RTM and filament winding
  • Quality and testing
  • Basics of damage assessment and repairs
  • Basics of factory operations, project planning, business of composites, recycling and sustainability in composites

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Determine the appropriate manufacturing process for a new product based on analysis of the product requirements, basic components characteristics and factory operations.
  2. Use a commercial software package to apply the Analysis-Check-Manufacture group process for fiber-reinforced composites.
  3. Perform basic damage assessment and identify options for sustainability of fiber-reinforced composites.
  4. Document laboratory team project work in a clearly written and well structured technical report.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to independently extend one’s knowledge of a given course topic and communicate that knowledge to others through a research paper and oral presentation (IE 592 only).