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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    Fundamentals of Composite Structure Design


    This seminar has been developed specifically for engineers who require some fundamental understanding the structural design requirements for composites. The application of composite materials is initially discussed in terms of the constituent component material properties and manufacturing processes based on the design requirements analysis. The tailoring of structural properties through lamination and fibre orientation placement are discussed in relationship to strength of materials issues and load/deformation response. The design development of the laminate is based on design outcomes and how fibre/resin systems and ply orientation is determined to achieve these design outcomes. This seminar will briefly cover the design requirements of stress analysis for the design detail such of joints, structural stiffening against instability and other structural discontinuities. Other aspects of the seminar to be covered include environmental and longevity aspects, certification and in-service support issues.

    Key Topics:

    • Structural Design Requirements
    • Laminate Configuration Sizing and Distribution
    • Structural Performance Estimation and Understanding
    • Other Structural Considerations – holes, joints, ply termination
    • Operational Environment Issues
    • Certification

    Who Should Attend:

    The content of this course does require participants to have an engineering or material science degree to fully appreciate the impact of composite materials in structural design of airframes and other composite structures.

    Course Information:

    Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
    Course Level: Fundamentals

    Course scheduling available in the following format:

    • Course at Conference
    • On-site Course
    • Standalone/Public Course

    Course Length: 2 days
    AIAA CEU's available: yes