Affordable and accessible composite material training courses for all.
Composite Material Training
Designed to give a broad introduction to polymer composites, our online course provides delegates with the necessary background knowledge to enable informed discussions with customers, colleagues and collaborators.
This is a split-date course and will be held over two sessions – it will be delivered remotely using Zoom, giving delegates plenty of opportunity for interactivity including asking questions.
£350 + VAT*
Date by arrangement
The course aims to provide a gentle but thorough introduction to composite materials - how they work, how they are made, what they are used for and what advantages (and disadvantages) they can bring. By the end of the course, all attendees will understand the basics of what a composite material is, what ingredients go into making a composite and how composite materials are converted into finished parts. Introductions to wider aspects such as introductions to market segments, repair and design can also be covered.
The course is suitable for anyone that is looking for a comprehensive introduction to composite materials. This includes, for example, designers who are familiar with metals but who want to understand how composites differ, new starters in the composites industry, existing composites staff in non-technical roles (e.g. sales, marketing, human resources, etc.) who want to learn the "language" of composites so they can communicate more effectively with colleagues and customers, and interested outsiders who would like to learn more about the composites industry and the opportunities it provides.
The course assumes no prior knowledge of composites, nor necessarily any scientific or technical background. The modular structure of the training allows us to start with the very basics, and then build upon that foundation to a level of detail appropriate to the audience.
The following modules can be included, mixing and matching to tailor content:
We'll walk you through the fundamentals of composites – what they’re made up of, how they work, their properties and characteristics, and their advantages and disadvantages compared to other materials.
We begin by providing a general introduction to polymers, explaining what they are and how they differ from other materials. We then look more closely at the differences between thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers before highlighting some of the commonly used examples and comparing their performance.
This module gives an overview of the different types of reinforcements that are commonly used in composites and compares and contrasts their performance. We also introduce the concept of self-reinforced polymer composites, as well as discussing other composite ingredients that may be encountered, including coatings, cores and fillers.
Here we review semi-processed composite materials such as fabrics, prepregs and moulding compounds in order to understand the drivers behind their use and their methods of manufacture.
There are a wide range of manufacturing options available for consolidating fibres and polymers into moulded composite parts. These range from labour-intensive, low volume processes to sophisticated automated technologies capable of higher volume continuous production. The choice of manufacturing route for a given part will be largely driven by its required properties and the number of parts needed. This module provides an overview of the common composite manufacturing processes and provides guidance on their usage.
This module explores the strengths and weaknesses of composites and discusses some of the the key considerations that must be taken into account when specifying a material for a given application. Using a sector-by-sector approach, we explain why and when composite materials are used in place of other “conventional” materials and provide an overview of current and emerging applications.
In this module, we provide an introduction to composite material failure, including mechanical failure, environmental degradation and fire. From here, we outline some of the techniques which have been developed to examine and inspect composite materials and highlight a number of repair techniques that can be employed.
The overall performance of a composite will be largely dependent upon the properties of its constituent fibre reinforcements and polymer matrix. This module examines the properties of typical fibres and polymers, and shows how these can be used to estimate the properties of a resulting composite.
Designing with composites is generally more complex than designing with metals. Much of this complexity arises from the directional properties of composites and their multi-material nature that gives rise to various possible failure modes. This module provides an introductory overview of some of the options that are available to a designer when estimating the properties and performance of composite parts. Particular attention is given to the specific challenges associated with composite design with the intention of helping designers to make an informed decision as to the most suitable approach for a particular analysis.
The modular structure means we can mix-and-match the training content to your requirements
All of our trainers bring years of composites experience to the classroom
When we're not training, we're working at the cutting edge of composite materials
Small groups allow plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion
You'll receive a copy of the training notes for future reference
Affordable and accessible composite material training courses for all.
Price£350 + VAT*
Duration2-half day sessions on split dates
LocationVirutal Classroom Training
Average Rating: 4.71 from 59 reviews.
100% would recommend our training courses to a colleague and 98.31% rated our training courses with 4 or 5 stars.
I found that this training has given me a useful overview on composites, their manufacture, design and recycling. I found that the training went into sufficient detail and the learning material will be a good reference for me going forwards.
All trainers very knowledgeable, and combination of practical and theory made it much easier to comprehend and retain the information.
I thought the organisation and admin of the course was handled really well, especially with the short notice and extra precautions needed due to the Covid-19 situation.
Very practical, hands-on training that is intuitive, Good material.
Perfect combo of talk-listen with hands-on applied.
The theory + practical information was very good.
Course was a good length and covered the subject in the required depth.
Easy to understand and not too classroom intensive. Great presentation and engaging.
Really good introduction and wide overview of composites. The tutors were really eager to make a dynamic course and to respond to questions.
Great introduction and covers a wide range of areas. Good communication for all levels of previous knowledge of composites.
The course was well structure and the tutors are friendly and helpful.
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Good mixture of theory and practical. Good introduction to different manufacturing techniques and clearly indicates the pros & cons of different options. The tutors were happy to take questions and had knowledge to answer them
Gives a basic understanding of composites, easy to transfer into the working environment.
Excellent work! Thanks a lot. Hoping to attend another session with moulding training.
Very well presented, logical and concise. Good practical demonstrations. A great course - very worthwhile and enjoyable.
Very good grasp of information and practical. The presenters answered lots of questions.
Good introduction to composites.
Good presentations, backed by an in-depth knowledge of the subject. More than covers the criteria needed by a range of "consumers".
Great grounding in most types of composites
The training incorporates a good balance between practical and theory. The presenters has excellent delivery with careful consideration for questions. The content offers a good level of basic background and more in-depth theory and design. Thanks for the experience!
Useful introduction and overview of composites
Would recommend this course as classroom elements combined with practical
This course is very practical and shows in practice that which is presented in theory
Very good all-round foundation. [Presenters were] very clear and patient.
Gives a good background and understanding of all aspects of composites.
A great approach to composites and basic understanding to it.
Valuable content delivered well. The presenter's level of knowledge and ability to answer questions was brilliant, especially for the practical modules.
Good overall training from beginner to advanced.
Pitched at a good level, good mix of classroom & practical - engaging, good handouts/notes. All presenters very knowledgable, friendly and approachable. They considered and answered all questions well. Thank you!
Wide overview of composite processes. Well organised = well done!
Very good overview of many aspects of the process & materials, split in to easily understandable chunks. Explanation of all terminology was excellent.
The [hands-on] experience of different processes was very useful and interesting.
[Overall], the training was well paced with a clear delivery.
Both practical and classroom [are] great for an introduction to composites.
Theory and practical combined in multi-industrial clients.
Very informative and builds knowledge at a steady pace.
It's great to have "classroom lessons" as well as practical parts. A lot of sample were shown, also in the theoretical part.
Very good overview.
An excellent course, well presented. Thank you, a very interesting first step.
Provided clear and easy to follow introductory material on composite materials. The slides very detailed and the presenter provided additional information to support the contents.
Thank you for an excellent intro into composite materials!
Very good overview of different aspects of composites (design, manufacturing, fibre reinforcements, polymers, etc)
It was a well rounded overview as the background and design process from start to finish.
It is useful to have everything summarised like this, even if you have some composites knowledge.
Good general overview and great hands-on sessions. The [trainers] were clearly well prepared and [had] deep technical knowledge.
Comprehensive insight in to composite materials with the right balance of theory and practical elements.
[This course] has training & practical [modules] and [demonstrates] different methods of manufacturing and a clean idea about different materials and [their] selection.
It [was] a very useful training [course], especially for those who are working in composites (manufacturing, QC)
Coming in from limited knowledge, I now feel confident in designing for manufacturing processes. Presenters were really nice, clear and knowledgeable. Overall really great, thanks!
Simple enough to give everyone a really useful overview of composites. Slides were very clear and well presented.
Excellent overview, highly relevant introduction to those new to the industry.
A good introduction to composites. An interesting couple of days thank you!
It provides a good overview over composite materials, properties and production.
Very useful starter if someone if interested in looking into the composites industry - especially design.
To understand better the fabrication and different types of composites.
It provides a good overview of composite materials and processes, even if you have a composites background.
Good oversight on composite materials and processes. The presenter was very knowledgeable.
Very good for people new to the industry.