Short Course: Advanced Composite Materials (June 21 & 22, 2016)

honeycombAdvanced composite materials are being used in many diverse industries and applications, such as, aerospace, marine, automotive, medical, energy, and recreation. Besides improving performance and saving weight, these materials provide the designer with the ability to tailor the mechanical and thermal properties of the structure.

This 2-day short course provides an introduction to the material types, processing and mechanics of polymeric composite materials. The course will present a broad overview of polymeric composite material types and forms, followed by detailed discussions of constituent materials, manufacturing processes, analysis methods, testing, non-destructive inspection, advanced architecture and multi-scale modeling. The course will include hands-on activities, computer demonstrations and a laboratory tour to provide a better practical understanding of composite materials, processing, mechanical behavior, and stress analysis.

Upon completion of this course, participants will have a clear understanding of the unique mechanical properties of composite materials and how to apply this knowledge to the design and analysis of composite structures.


About Your Instructors

Rajiv NaikDr. Rajiv A. Naik has taught graduate level courses in Advanced Composite Materials since 2009 as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Old Dominion University in 1986 and has worked in composites research and development for the past 30 years. His research interests are in the areas of composite mechanics and the modeling of progressive damage in composites under dynamic impact and fatigue loading, including both laminated and textile (2D and 3D, woven and braided) composite architectures. He has worked at Pratt & Whitney since 1995 and leads the characterization, design data and modeling developments for polymer composite materials. He has published 70 papers and received three best paper awards. He also holds seven patents in the area of advanced composite materials.


Dianyun ZhangDr. Dianyun Zhang joined the University of Connecticut in 2015 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to that, she was a research associate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, Seattle, with a dual appointment in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She obtained her M.S. (2013) and Ph.D. (2014) degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. Her broad area of research interest is in experimental characterization and computational modeling of lightweight materials, including laminated composites, 3D textile composites, and oxide/oxide-woven ceramic composites.  Her research goal is to develop a high-fidelity computational methodology to predict the deformation response of heterogeneous materials. The focus is on the multiscale modeling methods and progressive damage and failure analyses across different materials length scales.


Who Should Attend

Scientists and engineers wishing to understand the unique mechanical properties of composite materials and how to apply this knowledge to the design and analysis of composite structures should attend this course.


Course Location and Schedule

The course will be held

on June 21st and 22nd, 2016,
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (each day)
in Room 159 of the Institute of Materials Science (Gant Building)

on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut. Parking is available across the street in North Parking Garage. We will provide validation for daily parking.
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Registration for the two-day course is $600 for IMS Industrial Affiliates Program member company registrants and $700 for non-member registrants. We can accept payment by purchase order, check, or ACH transfer. Credit card payment is not available at this time.  The registration fee includes workshop attendance, a set of course notes, lunch and coffee breaks, and parking in North Garage. Registration for this course closed May 31st, 2016. All payments must be received by this date.

Please let us know in advance if you require special services and/or arrangements.


Refund and Cancellation Policy

The registration fee, less $50.00, will be refundable if we are notified of cancellation prior to the close of the registration period. Participants who cancel after the close of the registration period, or do not attend and fail to cancel, are subject to the full fee. Participant substitutions may be made.

The Institute of Materials Science reserves the right to change instructors and cancel or reschedule the course in the event of insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances.


Further Information

Questions regarding the course should be directed to Rhonda Ward at 860.486.5874 (voice), 860.486.4745 (fax) or