Principles of Composites Manufacturing
MEEG655/855-FALL 2004


Dr. S. G. Advani
205 Spencer Lab. (x-8975) (Mornings)
205 Composites Manufacturing Science Lab (x-1674) (afternoons) (

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Office Hours: MWF 11:00 to noon p.m. or by appointment

Text Book:

The primary text material will be Process Modeling in Composites Manufacturing
by Suresh G. Advani and E. Murat Sozer (2002). Published by Marcel- Dekkar (ISBN: 0-8247-0860-1)

Other Reference books

  1. Advanced Composites Manufacturing edited by Tim Gutowski
  2. Manufacturing of Polymer Composites, by Tomas Astrom
Assignments  #1|#2|#3|#4|#5|#6 Homework will be assigned approximately on a fortnight basis and a due date will be given with each assignment. Late homework will be accepted (with 25% reduced grade) until the beginning of the class following the due date.

Homework solutions must be written neatly on only one side of the paper and all pages must be stapled together. In addition, the following items are not acceptable: untrim pages torn from notebooks, pages clipped or folded together.

Project Each student will have to undertake a project. The topic will cover one of the processes that we discuss in the class. The project will be assigned at the end of second week. Every 4th lecture, each student registered in MEEG855 will have to present the class with one to two minute update about his or her project. The final presentation of the project will be in the finals week. The final typed report will be due on the last day of class.


Grades will be based on assignments and project scores, weighted as follows:

Assignments                                           40%
 Midterm Exam                                      30%
 Final Project Report and Presentation  30%

Course Contents

I. A Brief Introduction to Composite Materials
II. Overview of Composite Manufacturing Processes
III. Transport Equations for Composites Processing
IV. Constitutive Laws and their Characterization
V. Modeling Approach and Tools for Simplification and Solution
VI. Short Fiber Molding Processes
 A. Compression Molding
B. Injection Molding
C. Extrusion
VII. Advanced Thermoplastic Manufacturing Processes
 A. Pultrusion
 B. Sheet Forming
 C. Tape Placement/Filament Winding
VIII. Processing Science of Reactive Polymer Composites
A. Liquid Composites Molding
B. Autoclave Processing of Composites
C. Filament Winding