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 & Engineering will launch in Fall 2018. Both certificates will continue to be available at reasonable tuition rates.

Each of the 9 credit Graduate Certificates below are available 100% online. All formats are offered at the same low tuition rate and utilize the same world renowned faculty. In addition, these courses function as “dual credit” with the Masters degree, functioning as electives for that program

To successfully participate in these certificate programs, one should hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or the sciences, thereby ensuring knowledge in engineering mathematics and mechanics. 

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Graduate Certificate in Composites Manufacturing & Engineering (choose three courses below)

Design rules for composite materials are fundamentally different than for traditional materials, with the engineer tailoring the material structure at the micro- and nano-scales to achieve the desired mechanical and physical properties. This program is intended to provide the practicing engineer a strong foundation in the processing-structure-property relations in advanced fiber composites. The University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials and Department of Mechanical Engineering are internationally recognized as leaders in composites research and education.

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.  Coming 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.  Coming soon.


Graduate Certificate in Composite Materials (choose three courses below)

This online graduate certificate program 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

*MEEG818 is not a prerequisite to this course.