B.S.E. Engineering

Composites Engineering

In this concentration students learn the language of composite material processing and develop a working knowledge of various materials and processes associated with composites design and manufacturing. Composite Engineering students learn to use techniques, such mechanical testing, to determine composite properties and also how to use techniques, such as finite element analysis, to determine mechanical properties based upon their molecular, micro and macro structures.

Our students leave the program with a working knowledge of the major composites manufacturing processes such as resin transfer molding, vacuum bagging, heated press molding, filament winding, fiber placement, tape layup, pultrusion and thermoplastics composite processing. As such, our graduates enter the engineering field with the ability to design composite structures for aerospace, automotive, alternative energy and recreational (sporting goods) projects.

During the course of their studies here, students have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the machinery used by industry professionals.  Some of our newest machinery acquisitions are show below: the Wabash Heated Platen Press for Composites; the MAG Vertical Machining Center for tools and molds; and the Precision Quincy Composite Curing Ovens (show left to right).

Wabash Heated Platen PressMAG Vertical Machining CenterPrecision Quincy Composite Curing Oven

Composites Engineering Concentration Courses:

Introduction and Materials for Composites
An overall introduction to composites will be presented including their mechanical properties and advantages. Fiber reinforcements will include pre-pregs and textile composites. Composites design and various molding techniques will be covered. The laboratory will have various manufacturing and experimental exercises.

Composites Design and Analysis
The primary factors which govern analytical composite design will be discussed. Two dimensional stress strain relationships along the planar axes of the composites, orthotropic material constitutive relationships will be investigated. Using finite element analysis modulus of structures will be determined and analyzed.

Composites Manufacturing
This course will be a laboratory intensive course that will include material selection and tooling types and material selection. Materials will include pre-pregs and woven and braided performs.

Composites Structures for Industrial and Consumer Applications
Analysis of composites for use in automotive, aerospace, sporting goods, alternative energy and other mechanical structures. The focus will be on system design, structure design and engineering economics associated with actual composite structures and systems.

We also have the new Philadelphia University/MAG Composites Institute where the equipment shown above is located.

For a listing of all the courses for the BSE Engineering major with Composites concentration please go to: http://www.philau.edu/catalog/