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Jenn-Ming Yang, Instructor of MAE M297C

MAE 297 Course Overview

Composites Manufacturing

Description of the Course
Lecture, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Matrix materials, fibers, fiber preforms, elements of processing, autoclave/compression molding, filament winding, pultrusion, resin transfer molding, automation, material removal and assembly, metal and ceramic matrix composites, quality assurance. Letter grading.

Background students will need 
Although prerequisites are not enforced for graduate students, it is strongly recommended that each student has taken courses equivalent to “Design of Composites Structures” and “Structure and Properties of Composite Materials”.

About the Instructor
Jenn-Ming Yang:
Professor, V. Chair: BS, National Tsing-Hua University, (Taiwan), Ph.D., University of Delaware, NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, Alcoa Foundation Award, Ford Foundation Award.

Research Description:
My research is primarily focused on investigating the fundamental problems related to processing, microstructure and behavior of high-temperature composites for advanced aerospace structural and ground transportation applications.

Course Objectives

  • To learn the fundamental principles that govern manufacturing processes for composites materials, both traditional and emerging.
  • To apply analytical approaches to manufacturing of composites structures.

SyllabusThe textbook for this class will be:
– Lecture notes
– Brent Strong, “Fundamental of Composites Manufacturing: Materials, Methods, and Applications”, Society of manufacturing Engineers, 2nd edition, 2008.

Reference Books
R.S. Dave and A.C. Loos, Editors, Processing of Composites, Hanser/Gardner Publications, Inc., 1999.
Gutowski, Timothy G., Ed., Advanced Composites Manufacturing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997
Campbell, F.C. Manufacturing Processes for Advanced Composites, Elsevier, 2004

Week 1
Overview of Composite Materials and Composite Manufacturing

Week 2
Autoclave Molding of Thermoset Polymer Matrix Composites

Week 3
Material Behavior and Process Modeling

Week 4
Filament Winding
Liquid Molding of Thermoset Polymer Matrix Composites

Week 5
Liquid Molding of Thermoset Polymer Matrix Composites

Week 6
Manufacturing of Thermoplastic Matrix Composites

Week 7
Manufacturing of Metal Matrix Composites

Week 8
Manufacturing of Metal Matrix Composites
Manufacturing of Ceramic and Carbon Matrix Composites

Week 9
Manufacturing of Ceramic and Carbon Matrix Composites

Week 10
Manufacturing of Nano-Composites
Bonding, Joining and Assembly