Understanding of forming processes of highly anisotropic materials. In more detail, after successful completion of the course, the student is able:
- To translate a physical process phenomenon, which happens during manufacturing of a composite part, to the underlying elementary deformation mechanisms. Instead of a phenomenon directly encountered during processing, this may also concern an idealised situation envisaged to take place during a characterisation experiment, designed to measure an appropriate material property.
- To quantify this in terms of the relevant balance laws.
- To identify the appropriate material properties.
- To provide a quantitative description of the phenomenon.
Depending on the state-of-the-art of the specific topic considered, some of these context specific aspects will receive more emphasis than others.
The course covers the forming mechanisms and characterisation for fibre composites, in connection to modelling and analysis of forming processes. The testing and simulation of composite materials forming are discussed. as well as forming technologies for various composite material forms, ranging from dry textiles to thermoset and thermoplastic prepreg, moulding compounds and composite/metal laminates.
After an introduction to the group, individual assignments are chosen by the students in concurrence with the instructor. On an individual basis, the student collects the information necessary to fulfil the assignment. A short but concise research report is prepared, describing the context and the specific research objective, the specific approach and its results, a discussion and conclusion. Relevant literature needs to be considered and cited.
The results will be presented to an audience of colleague students and research staff. The evaluation of the course is based on the presentation, the report and the learning process.