Graduate Certificates in Composite Manufacturing or Composite Materials

The University of Delaware’s reputation in the field of composites played a critical role in the awarding of 11th Manufacturing USA Institute.  This honor further aligns our world renowned Center for Composite Materials with industrial partners in presenting the latest in composite manufacturing education.  Now, in addition to our Graduate Certificate in Composite Materials, a new industry aligned Graduate Certificate in Composite Manufacturing will launch in Fall 2018!  Both certificates will continue to made available at reasonable tuition rates.

To successfully participate in this certificate program, one should hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or the sciences, thereby ensuring the necessary background in calculus, ordinary differential equations, and engineering mathematics including linear algebra and field theory.  Both Certificates require three (3) graduate level courses for a total of 9 graduate credits.

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Graduate Certificate in Composite Manufacturing (choose three of the four courses below)

MEEG617 – Composite Materials, taught by Dr.Erik Thostenson, discusses fiber and matrix materials; fiber-matrix interface; polymer, metal, ceramic and carbon matrix composites; geometric aspects, elastic properties, lamination theory, strength of unidirectional composites, strength of laminates, durability, hybrid composites, flexible composites and textile structural composites. ONLINE.

MEEG655 – Principles of Composites Manufacturing (3 credits), taught by Dr. Suresh G. Advani, introduces the fundamental principles involved in composites manufacturing. Modeling of such processes is emphasized with applications of injection molding, compression molding, filament wiring, pultrusion and resin transfer molding.  ONLINE.

MEEG656 – Practical Composites Manufacturing (3 credits).  Couples lectures with hands-on exercises using CCM’s Composites Design Software (CDS).  Detailed videos and lecture materials showing all aspects of composite manufacturing, from performing to final manufacturing and finishing, connect theory to practice.  ONLINE.  Available soon!

MEEG657 – Experimental Characterization of Composites for Manufacturing (3 credits).  Explains key concepts and elements of composites manufacturing processes, technologies and systems. An online-only course where lectures are coupled with detailed videos of manufacturing processes and exercises with simulation software to connect theory to practice.  Creation of a “virtual laboratory” for composites characterization where thermoplastic and thermoset composite systems are fully characterized using advanced thermal analysis and mechanical/physical characterization techniques emphasizing manufacturing influences on composite properties. ONLINE.  Available soon!


Graduate Certificate in Composite Materials (choose three of the four courses below)

MEEG617 – Composite Materials, taught by Dr.Erik Thostenson, discusses fiber and matrix materials; fiber-matrix interface; polymer, metal, ceramic and carbon matrix composites; geometric aspects, elastic properties, lamination theory, strength of unidirectional composites, strength of laminates, durability, hybrid composites, flexible composites and textile structural composites. ONLINE.

MEEG655 – Principles of Composites Manufacturing (3 credits), taught by Dr. Suresh G. Advani, introduces the fundamental principles involved in composites manufacturing. Modeling of such processes is emphasized with applications of injection molding, compression molding, filament wiring, pultrusion and resin transfer molding.  ONLINE.

MEEG616Composite Materials Structures, taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, provides an introduction to composite materials; anisotropic elasticity and laminate theory; plates and panels of composite materials; beams, columns and rods; composite material shell structures; energy methods; strength and failure theories; adhesive bonding and mechanical fastening; hygrothermal effects; stress analysis, buckling, vibrations and impact.  ONLINE.

MEEG811 – Sandwich Structures (3 credits), taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, studies composite and isotropic sandwich structures for stresses, deformations, buckling loads, natural frequencies and dynamic response under mechanical and environmental loads, involving honeycomb, solid, foam, web and truss core sandwich comprising beam, plate, ring and shell structures. Design and minimum weight optimization are treated. ONLINE

*MEEG818 – Plates and Shells in Aerospace Structures I (3 credits)* taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, examines the theory of plates from three-dimensional equations of elasticity. Small deflection analysis of rectangular and circular plates; thermoelastic effects; analysis of orthotropic plates, multilayered plates and sandwich panels; Green’s functions; energy methods; Reissner variational theorem for plates of moderate thickness; and large deflections of plates are other topics discussed. ONLINE.

*MEEG819 – Plates and Shells in Aerospace Structures II (3 credits)* Dr. Jack R. Vinson covers the general theory of thin shells from three-dimensional equations of elasticity; shells of revolution under axially symmetric loads; asymmetric loads; thermoelastic effects; general bending theory, membrane theory, inextensional theory; Donnell equations; edge load solutions; orthotropic shells; laminated shells. ONLINE

* Background knowledge needed for success in MEEG818 and 819 would come from courses equivalent to the following: MEEG610 – Intermediate Solid Mechanics.