Composite Materials Graduate Certificate

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:
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. 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
Elective Courses  (If using two above, the final course is chosen from below.)
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 AND ON-CAMPUSMEEG811–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.

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. This course requires background obtained from MEEG610 (Intermediate Solid Mechanics), MEEG813 (Theory of Elasticity), or an equivalent course.  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. This course requires background obtained from MEEG610 (Intermediate Solid Mechanics), MEEG813 (Theory of Elasticity), or an equivalent course.  ONLINE


Footnotes:  Background knowledge needed for success in MEEG817, 818, and 819 would come from courses equivalent to the following: MEEG610–Intermediate Solid Mechanics, covers indicial notation, tensors; displacement, strain, compatibility; traction and stress; equations of motion; constitutive description of an elastic material; solutions to boundary value problems including torsion, bending, plane problems in elasticity (Airy stress function) and elements of linear elastic fracture mechanics.and/or MEEG813–Theory of Elasticity, covers index notation; concepts of stress and strain; equations of equilibrium and compatibility and elastic constitutive response; applications to problems in applied mechanics.