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Composite Materials & Manufacturing

Composites consist of two distinct materials, which together improve product performance and/or lower production costs. Composite materials typically include plated, clad, or coated metals, however the term 'composites' has evolved to mean a material containing a matrix, or base substance, and a reinforcement material.

The matrix acts as a binder for the reinforcement while controlling the physical shape and dimensions of the part. Its primary purpose however is to transfer the load, or stress, applied to the part to the reinforcement. The matrix also protects the reinforcement from adverse environmental effects.

SME offers numerous resources for those interested in Composite Materials & Manufacturing, ranging from training courses, video packages, readings and study guides.

Composite Materials & Manufacturing

This program explains the basics of composite materials and manufacturing by featuring segments on: composite matrix and reinforcement materials, composite manufacturing processes, and composite fabrication and joining methods.

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Study Guides

Composite Materials & Manufacturing

After watching the program and reviewing this printed material, the viewer will gain knowledge and understanding of the nature of composite materials and the ways in which these materials are transformed into a wide variety of manufactured products.

Composites Manufacturing Processes YouTube Playlist

SME offers a specialized playlist on YouTube just for those interested in Composites Manufacturing Processes. The playlist features eight videos, ranging from Automated Composite Layup & Spray Up to Liquid Molding.
Fundamentals of Composites Manufacturing: Materials, Methods, and Applications, Second Edition Fundamentals of Composites Manufacturing: Materials, Methods, and Applications, Second Edition

Fundamentals of Composites Manufacturing: Materials, Methods, and Applications, Second Edition

Whether in college or in the workplace, students and practitioners have relied on the first edition of Fundamentals of Composites for years to learn about the basics of composites manufacturing.
Outcome Assessments

SME Certifications

Certification programs from SME are the industry standard for assessing an acknowledging candidates’ professional knowledge, skills, competencies, and/or abilities.
Technical Papers

Fundamentals Of Composite Materials

This paper presents the mechanical behavior of composite materials using tensor notation as shorthand.
Tooling U-SME

Composites Processing Training Courses

Tooling U-SME offers more than 10 courses in its Composites Processing section, ranging from an introduction class to Repair Methods for Composites 250.

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