Course Length: 5 days

Pre Requisites:

M-1/R-1 Advanced Composite Structures: Fabrication &
Damage Repair-Phase 1 course, or

*Equivalent (5-years min) experience with advanced composite materials and processes.

(*Please contact Abaris for equivalency test criteria and evaluation.)

Summary:

This course is designed as follow-on to the M-1/R-1 course and is intended for those wanting to further their knowledge of composite manufacturing, whether in preparation for employment in the advanced composite manufacturing industry, or as engineers or technicians desiring a further understanding of the practical skills involved in producing quality composite structures.

Introduction:

At the end of Manufacturing 2 the student will have an intermediate level of understanding of composite layup and vacuum bagging techniques for complex shapes, fabrication of potted honeycomb core assemblies, manufacturing composite component parts using production type tooling, and a fundamental understanding of the documentation and record keeping required to support composite manufacturing.

Topics:

Key Lecture Topics:

  • Quality assurance in manufacturing; planning, in-process inspection, and record keeping systems.
  • Mold preparation; using semi-permanent polymer release systems.
  • Challenges in layup of complex geometries: maintaining ply orientation/symmetry.
  • Vacuum bagging complex shapes for oven and autoclave processing.
  • Introduction to tooling: component specific molds and fixtures.
  • Overview of non-destructive inspection methods.

Workshop Exercises:

  • Mold preparation: clean, seal, and release molds for service.
  • Cut and machine honeycomb core materials for use in layup.
  • Cut and kit prepreg fabrics and adhesives for panel build.
  • Layup, vacuum bag, and process complex sandwich core panels.
  • Demold and inspect parts using non-destructive methods.
  • Part marking, packaging, and storage of parts used for assembly.