The Northwest Composites Centre (NWCC) is proud to announce a two day course - Composite Materials Fabrication, 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 methodologies, evaluation and interpretation of results. Our portfolio of expertise covers a vast range of composite material types and the related structural applications.

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.

The training course will be complemented by presentations from Industry speakers. Download the Programme Outline 2016

Topics covered:

Day 1

Comprehensive overview of Composite Materials

  • What is a composite material
  • Material constituent components and architecture
  • How to understand the properties of a composite material

Manufacturing of Composites with Practical Demonstrations

  • Fibre preforms: weaving, filament winding, braiding, tufting
  • Vacuum bag infusion
  • Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM)
  • Autoclave curing
  • Hot Press Consolidation

 Thermal characterisation of Composites

  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)


Day 2

 Destructive Testing & Non-Destructive Techniques with Practical Demonstrations

  • Mechanical Testing; Static & Fatigue
  • Video Extensometer
  • Ultrasound (C-Scan, OmniScan)
  • Thermography
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) Concepts

 Mechanical Testing in Accordance with International Test Standards                                                                                                ‌

  • Fundamental properties – tensile, compressive, shear, interlaminar
  • Impact tests and damage tolerance
  • Fracture toughness

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will have answers to:

-   Advantage and disadvantages of composites

-   How is a composite material manufactured

-   What is the best manufacturing process for a specific application

-   NDT, what is the most appropriate method, what is the critical damage mode

-   How do composite materials tests differ from those used in other materials

-   Methods of mechanical evaluation and characterisation

-   Compliance with International Test Standards

-   How is a test standard selected to match an application, and what if a proper 

    standard doesn’t exist?

-   What test results mean and what do the mechanical properties relate to

-   How to interpret a stress/strain curve

-   How to analyse and report mechanical test data

-   Can composites be repaired



Registration fee:

-   Full two day course £500 per delegate;

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

This includes the days’ tutoring and course notes as well as lunch and refreshment breaks. 

Please contact Claire Taylor ( +44 (0) 161 306 8592) for further information or to book your place.

Price: One day course £300 per delegate / Two day course £500 per delegate

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