Supporting UK Composites

A Course on Fabrication, Testing and Evaluation of Composites

Training Course

The North West Composites Centre is proud to announce a two day course - Introduction to Composite Materials Testing. The course will be taught by the NWCC team who have combined expertise in all aspects of composites manufacture, sample preparation testing and evaluation. Our portfolio covers a vast range of aspects in composite materials/structures.

It offers a strong practical component, where through several case studies the following aspects will be addressed: Composites manufacturing, Composites characterisation and testing, Non-destructive Evaluation and Technical Reporting.

NWCC is also offering its excellent facilities for this course, where you will see the latest advances in composites fabrication, chemical and physical characterisation and mechanical testing.

The training course will be complemented by presentations from two experienced Industry speakers:

  • Mohamed Attia, Manufacturing Development Engineering at Airbus – Bremen, who will cover the topic ‘Manufacturing of Composite Multi-spar Flaps’. The primary focus of this talk will be the implementation of resin transfer moulding (RTM) to aerospace applications, the way forward & future of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (RTM) manufacturing.
  • Dr Alastair Johnson, Senior Composites Consultant, Germany: ‘Damage tolerance of composite panels under impact loads’. The topic was part of a large test program funded by EU.

Topics covered:

Manufacturing of Composites (Classroom and Practical)

  • Weaving, Filament Winding, Braiding
  • Infusion
  • Moulding
  • Bagging
  • Autoclave

Characterisation of Thermosetting Composites

  • DSC
  • DMA

Destructive Testing & Non-Destructive Techniques with Practical Demonstrations

  • Mechanical Testing; Static & Fatigue
  • Laser Extensometer
  • Impact
  • Ultrasound
  • Thermography
  • C-Scan
  • SHM Concepts

Mechanical Testing according to UKAS Accreditation

  • Fundamental properties – tensile, compressive, shear
  • Impact tests and compression after impact
  • Fracture toughness
  • Others

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to answer:

  • Pros and Cons 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 diverse from those used in other materials?
  • How is a standard selected to match an application, and what if a proper standard doesn’t exist?
  • What tests yield, what mechanical properties?
  • How to interpret a stress/strain curve?
  • How to analyse and report mechanical test data?
  • Can composites be repaired?
  • Methods of mechanical evaluation and characterisation.
  • Compliance with UKAS accreditation.


Registration fee:

  • Two day event £500 per delegate;
  • One day event £300 per delegate;

This includes the days’ tutoring and course notes as well as lunch and refreshment breaks. Find the programme outline attached.

Please, click here to reserve you place before 9th of February 2015.

Contact: Dr. Clara Frias
Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 4546

Booking deadline:

3 Dec 2014


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