This Graduate Certificate in Composite Materials is utilizes courses from the Department of Mechanical Engineering with input from the Center for Composite Materials. It is designed for engineering and science professionals who are new to the field of composite materials or wish to expand their knowledge of composite materials. 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.
Those who are awarded the Graduate Certificate in Composite Materials will have satisfactorily completed three graduate level courses (9 credits). To earn the Certificate using only online courses look for the online designation in the course descriptions below:
|Required – You must choose at least one of the following:|
|MEEG616—Composite 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.||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||MEEG817–Composite Materials, taught by Dr. Tsu-Wei Chou, introduces thermoelastic behavior of laminated composites, statistical strength theories of continuous-fiber composites, short-fiber composites, hybrid composites, two-dimensional textile structural composites, three-dimensional textile structural composites, flexible composites, and nonlinear elastic finite deformation of flexible composites. A more mathematically intense course than MEEG617, this course requires background obtained from MEEG610 (Intermediate Solid Mechanics), MEEG813 (Theory of Elasticity), or an equivalent course. ON-CAMPUS|