Advanced composites are revolutionizing virtually every aspect of Mechanical Engineering, including thermal management and heat transfer. Industrial applications are now the largest user of composites, outstripping aerospace and sports equipment. There are vast and an increasing number of applications, including: wind turbines; energy storage flywheels; oil and natural gas exploration and production; natural gas and hydrogen vehicle storage tanks; fuel cells; high-speed and precision machinery; robots; coordinate measuring machines; optomechanical systems; semiconductor manufacturing equipment; automobile and truck engines, bodies, brakes and clutches; energy storage flywheels; gas turbine engines; process industries equipment; heat exchangers; data storage equipment; x-ray and other medical diagnostic equipment; prosthetics and orthotics; and electronic and optoelectronic packaging.
In addition to outstanding strengths and stiffnesses and low densities, composites offer unique and tailorable physical properties, including thermal conductivities that range from very low to many times that of copper and thermal expansions that can be varied from high to near zero. Electrically conducting and insulating materials are available. Composites and other advanced materials, some with ultrahigh thermal conductivities, are now used in thermal management applications, such as motor cover/heat sinks, servers, notebook computers, power modules, plasma displays, printed circuit boards, heat sinks, laser diode, LED and photovoltaic packaging.
Composites include a wide range of polymeric, metallic, ceramic and carbon materials having both high-temperature and low-temperature capabilities, making them useful for applications such as gas turbine engines, automobile and aircraft brakes, process industries equipment and cryogenic systems.
This course provides an in-depth presentation of design, analysis and manufacturing methods for composites, with an emphasis on polymer matrix composites, which are the most widely used.
You will learn to:
- Identify the advantages, disadvantages and properties of the four classes of composites: polymer matrix, metal matrix, ceramic matrix and carbon matrix.
- Identify key reinforcements and matrix materials
- Describe the revolutionary advances in thermal management and heat transfer materials
- Explain the industrial, commercial and aerospace/defense applications
- Explain how to design cost-effective, reliable products, avoiding common pitfalls
- Explain the analysis methods
- Manufacturing methods
- Describe applications
- Explain how to employ nondestructive evaluation
- Describe lessons learned
- Describe future trends, including nanocomposites
Who Should Attend
Job Titles: Design Engineers, Analysts, Materials Engineers and Scientists, Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Engineering Managers, R&D Engineers and Scientists, Product Development Engineers
Industries: power generation and storage; automotive; aerospace/defense; process industries; heat transfer; high-speed machinery; precision machinery; optomechanical systems; sports equipment; biomedical engineering; medical equipment, including x-ray, computer-aided tomography, magnetic resonance imaging; electronic, laser diode, LED and photovoltaic packaging.