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Aircraft Composite Manufacturing

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Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 7 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost starts at: $3,000

Next Start Date:

January 5, 2021

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course


This is the second course in the Certificate program on Aircraft Composite Materials & Manufacturing. Building on the knowledge of composite materials comprehensively covered in the first course, this course will primarily focus on an in-depth coverage of the manufacturing processes of fiber reinforced thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials. Manufacturing advantages of Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs) allow for better surface and dimensional control, reduced part count, reduced assembly time, and potential for eliminating and/or minimizing use of threaded fasteners. Key topics covered in this course will include: manufacturing fundamental terminologies; state-of-the -art composite manufacturing processes; theory of porosity and void formation; thermoset resin cure kinetics, how to select manufacturing process control variables and use of process models, residual stresses; sandwich structures; tooling considerations; fabrication and assembly; repair considerations; environmental effects including lightning strike protection schemes, and quality control and quality inspection techniques.

What You'll Learn

  • Manufacturing fundamentals and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes for thermoset and thermoplastic composites
  • How to select manufacturing process control variables and use of process models to produce high quality reproducible parts
  • Theory of porosity and void formation, thermoset resin cure kinetics
  • Relationships between viscosity, gellation and degree of cure in thermosets
  • Manufacturing defects, tooling considerations, fabrication and assembly, repair of composites, environmental effects and lightning protection schemes, and quality control and quality inspection techniques

Get Hands-On Experience 

  • Participate and complete composites lab work at the UW
  • Take a field trip to a Boeing composites manufacturing facility (optional)
  • Participate and complete repair lab exercise at Boeing DC facility

 

 

Program Overview

To earn this certificate, you must complete the first two courses and either the third or fourth course.

 

You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online

Meet your instructors

K. B. Das

Affiliate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington 

NONCREDIT COURSE

You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.

This is the credit course M E 599.

Online

Meet your instructors

K. B. Das

Affiliate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington 

Credit Course

You’ll earn 3 academic credits for successfully completing this course. Learn more about credit courses

This is the credit course MSE 599.

Online

Meet your instructors

K. B. Das

Affiliate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington 

Credit Course

You’ll earn 3 academic credits for successfully completing this course. Learn more about credit courses

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