A Course on Fabrication, Testing and Evaluation of Composites

7-8 December 2016, Venue: Northwest Composites Centre

NWCC is proud to announce a two day training course - Composite Materials Testing and Evaluation. The course will be taught by the NWCC team who have combined expertise in all aspects of composites manufacture, sample preparation testing and evaluation, including NDT and SHM. Our portfolio covers a vast range of aspects in composite materials and structures. The course will have the presence of invited industrial speakers.

The course offers an extensive laboratory based practical component, where through several case studies the following aspects will be addressed: Composites manufacturing, Composites characterisation and testing in accordance with international test standards, Non-destructive evaluation and technical reporting.  ‌

The NWCC provides excellent facilities for this course; where you will see the latest advances in composites fabrication, chemical and physical characterisation, mechanical testing, and NDT techniques.


Programme Outline

Day 1 - Manufacturing of Composite Parts

09:00 - Registration / Welcome

09:15 - Composite Materials - An Overview

10:00 - Design concepts of joints

10:45 - Coffee Break

11:00 - High-performance Textiles, manufac-turing methods

11:45 - Design & Analysis of structural textiles

12:30 - Buffet Lunch

13:15 - Design and manufacture of extensively instrumented composite test-scale rotor blades

13:30 - Manufacturing of composite Laminates:

Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM)


Tufting and woven manufacturing of structural T-Shape beam

Resin infusion of complex parts

Weaving, Filament Winding, Braiding

15:30 - Coffee Break

16:30 - The Challenges and Opportunities in high-volume manufacturing of automotive composites


Day 2 - Testing & Evaluation of Composites

09:00 - Arrival & Coffee

09:15 - Mechanical Testing of Composites

10:00 - Non-Destructive Testing and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of Composite Structures

10:45 - Coffee Break

10:00 - Dr. Alistair Johnson, Composites Consultant, Germany: "Damage Tolerance of Composite Panels under Impact Loads"

12:00 - Buffet Lunch

13:45 - Destructive Inspection & Non-Destructive Techniques with Practical Demonstrations

Mechanical Testing; Static & Fatigue

Laser Extensometer



15:15 - Coffee Break

15:30 - Mechanical Testing - Post Test Analysis; Failure Mechanisms

15:50 - Mechanical Simulation - Predicting Failure

16:35 - Question & Answer

17:00 - Close



Registration fee (includes tuition, lecture notes, lunch and refreshments):

-          Full two day course £500 per delegate

-          One day of the course (either first or second) £300 per delegate


Please contact Su Lowe (s.lowe@manchester.ac.uk +44 (0) 161 306 4570) for further information or to book your place.





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