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Metallurgy and Materials Science

MET 160


Composite Materials


Course Description

An introduction to plastic and composite materials used in industry. Emphasis is placed on chemical, physical and mechanical properties of thermoplastic, thermosetting plastics and matrix reinforced composites. Topics covered in the course include the nature of polymeric materials, reinforcements, coatings and adhesives. Industrial forming techniques and applications are also examined.

Prerequisites

(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the types and morphology of materials used in the manufacture of composite materials.
  • Compile a list of material properties to be used in a specific component/system design.
  • Investigate the nature of reinforcement fibers used in polymeric matrix composite materials.
  • Investigate the nature of reinforcement particles used in metallic matrix composite materials.
  • Investigate the nature of reinforcement particles used in ceramic matrix composite materials.
  • Specify reinforcement materials to be used in a specific component/system design.
  • Specify matrix materials to be used in a specific component/system design.
  • Identify methods of manufacturing composite materials.
  • Identify methods used to join composite materials.
  • Identify methods used to test composite materials.
  • Specify manufacturing methods to be used in a specific component/system design.
  • Incorporate matrix, reinforcement, manufacturing methods, joining methods and testing necessary to design a specific component/system using composite materials.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.

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