Advanced composites are critical, and in many instances enabling, materials for a large and increasing number of aerospace applications. Historically considered primarily structural and thermal protection materials, they also have great potential in virtually all subsystems, including propulsion, mechanisms, electronics, power, and thermal management. Physical properties are increasingly important. For example, composites with low densities, low CTEs and thermal conductivities higher than copper are now in production. Materials of interest include not only polymer matrix composites (PMCs), currently the most widely used class of structural materials, and carbon-carbon composites (CCCs), which are well established for thermal protection, but also ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), metal matrix composites (MMCs) and other types of carbon matrix composites (CAMCs). In this short course we consider key aspects of the four key classes of composites, including properties, manufacturing methods, design, analysis, lessons learned and applications. We also consider future directions, including nanocomposites.
Who Should Attend
- Introduction to composite materials
- Basic characteristics of composite materials
- Test methods for composite properties
- Properties of Polymer matrix composites (PMCs), Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs), Carbon Matrix Composites (CAMCs) and Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs); Thermal Management Materials
- Design and analysis
- Lessons learned and future developments
This course is intended for engineers, scientists and managers involved in design and fabrication of aerospace structures and other subsystems, including design engineers, analysts, materials engineers and scientists, manufacturing engineers, quality assurance engineers, engineering managers, R&D engineers and scientists, and product development engineers.