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Composite Materials Certificate
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CMAT 1010 - Introduction to Composite Materials

An examination of the importance of composite materials in industry today. Learn applications that are suitable for the use of composite materials. Study the polymer chemistry required for the manufacture of composite material products and learn the future of composite materials applications and manufacturing methods. 

CMAT 1020 - Introduction to Composite Manufacturing Methods

Introduction to composite manufacturing processes. Study the various methods currently being used in the manufacturing of composite materials. Recognize the benefits and challenges of each method and learn to evaluate the risk and reward inherent in each application in order to maximize the performance for each application and study the role of automation in composite manufacturing.

CMAT 1030 - Applied Production Methodology

Introduction to composite manufacturing processes. Study the various methods currently being used in the manufacturing of composite materials. Recognize the benefits and challenges of each method and learn to evaluate the risk and reward inherent in each application in order to maximize the performance for each application and study the role of automation in composite manufacturing.

CMAT 1040 - Matrix Materials for Composites

Survey of the matrix materials used in composites, to include thermoplastics, thermosets, metals, and carbon fiber. Student will acquire and understand core knowledge and have the ability to demonstrate competency in the following areas:thermosets and thermoplastics; solidification, melting and other thermal considerations; matrix-dominated properties; polyester resins and their uses; crosslinking mechanisms; molding compounds; physical and mechanical properties of cured epoxy composites; special composite applications (prepregs and tooling); epoxy resins; vinyl esters and matrix materials.

CMAT 1050 - Reinforcing Fibers for Composites

Survey of the reinforcements and reinforcement forms used in composite materials. Students will acquire and understand core knowledge and have the ability to demonstrate competency in the following areas: manufacturing processes for glass, aramid, carbon fiber (PAN & pitch); applications of reinforcements; mechanical properties of reinforcing fibers; sizings, finishes, and coupling agents; pitch-based and PAN-based carbon fibers; tests for fiber/matrix bond strengths; silicon carbide fibers; boron fibers and natural fibers.

CMAT 1060 - Intermediate Composite Products

Survey of intermediate composite products. Students will acquire and understand core knowledge and have the ability to demonstrate competency in the following areas: filaments, strands, tows, rovings, and yarns; woven and knitted fabrics; non-woven fabrics; thermosetting and thermoplastic prepregs; braided, stitched and 3-dimensional laminates; preforms; hybrids; weaving pattern and physical properties of weaves; random chopped mat and continuous strand mat; SMC and BMC; thermoplastic molding compounds; stitched fabric, and 3-D weave fabric; sandwich structures; core materials; z-direction stiffeners; joints and post-processing operations.

CMAT 1070 - Molding and Conversion Technologies

A survey of molding and conversion technologies for composites. Students will acquire and understand core knowledge and have the ability to demonstrate competency in the following areas: vacuum and bagging assembly; curing when autoclaves are used; curing a prepreg without autoclave; prepreg molding; compression molding; resin infusion technologies and processes; filament winding processes; filament winding applications; high performance pressure vessels; roll wrapping; pultrusion and injection molding.

CMAT 1080 - Composite Component Design

A survey of fiber alignment and orientation, fiber content, and matrix selection in design consideration. Students will acquire and understand core knowledge and have the ability to demonstrate competency in the following areas: structure of thermoplastics versus thermosets; property differences caused by structural differences; differences between engineering thermoplastics and advanced thermoplastics; engineering of thermoplastics containing short fibers; properties of composites that depend on nature of resin; advantages of advanced thermoplastics over advanced thermosets and ceramic matrix composites over non-reinforced ceramics and of using metal matrix composites versus metals; methodology of composite structure design; basic stress types; laminate theory; cracking in composites; fatigue in composites and residual stresses in composites.

CMAT 1090 - Quality, Repair & Recycling of Composites

A survey of composites from raw materials to components and end of life. Students will acquire and understand core knowledge and have the ability to demonstrate competency in the following areas: philosophy of damage to composites; damage prevention; damage assessment; repair of composites; problem of emissions from factories; material storage; contamination in the plant; disposal, waste, and recycling; history of composite materials testing; quality control principles; component testing, mechanical testing; thermal and environmental testing; flammability testing and common failures.

CMAT 1100 - Applications for Composite Materials

Cover the applications for composite materials across a wide-range of industry groups, and will provide the student with an analysis and understanding of both traditional and future markets. Students will acquire core knowledge and have the ability to demonstrate competency in the following areas: traditional markets for composites; lessons learned from the space program; critical markets: military, law, other; breakthrough markets: airlines, unmanned vehicles; and use of composites in aircraft/aerospace industries. Use of composites in marine industries; in surface transportation industries; energy industries and recreation industries.

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