Materials aspects of advanced composite constituents and how their combination yields synergistic results.
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.
CIVE 360 - Mechanics of Solids AND MECH 331 - Introduction to Engineering Materials
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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.