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