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MECH 530 - Advanced Composite Materials

  • 3 credits

Materials aspects of advanced composite constituents and how their combination yields synergistic results.

Course Objective:

To introduce composite constituent materials, such as fibers and matrices, describe their development, and investigate the interactions which yield the synergy that is the basis for the technical interest in advanced composite materials.

To introduce the concepts of a designed, or tailored, material. Some background in such advanced materials gives the mechanical designer new tools with which to complete a given project. As well, these "designer" materials need to be better understood if optimal application of their properties is to take place.




MECH 331 or MECH 331A; MECH 331B; CIVE 360.

Important Information

Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email to learn more.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Composite Materials, Science and Engineering, 4th Ed. (2019)
    K.K. Chawla, Springer-Verlag
    ISBN: 9780387743646

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Donald Radford
Donald Radford

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Dr. Don Radford specializes in the study of processing of fiber reinforced composite materials. His research focus areas include prediction of mechanisms of distortion during the manufacture of composite materials, processing, preparation and testing of high temperature structural composites, composite structures development, and prediction and measurement of the damping characteristics of advanced composites. Professor Radford has experience, over a wide range of application areas, in developing composite structures and manufacturing processes that enable rapid production of small volume products, including composite components for engine applications.