Supporting UK Composites

Fabrication, testing and evaluation of composites

The North West 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.

Programme Outline

Fabrication, testing and evaluation of composites

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, manufacturing methods
11:45 - Design & Analysis of structural textiles
12:30 - Buffet Lunch
13:15 - Design and manufacture of extensively instrumented composite testscale rotor blades
13:30 - Manufacturing of composite Laminates: Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM); Autoclave; 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
11:00 - Dr Alastair Johnson, Composites Consultant, Germany: ‘Damage Tolerance of Com-posite Panels under Impact Loads’
12:00 - Buffet Lunch
13:45 - Destructive Inspection & Non-Destructive Techniques with Practical Demonstrations
Mechanical Testing; Static & fatigue; Laser Extensometer; Ultrasound; Thermography
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):
Two day event £500 (ex. VAT) per delegate
One day event £300 (ex. VAT) per delegate

Please contact Su Lowe (; tel: +44 (0) 161 306 4570) to book your place.


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