Introduction to Design for Composites

If you're new to designing composite materials this course will give you the tools & techniques you need to confidently develop robust concept designs.

Or perhaps your business is making the shift from traditional materials to composites and you'd like an essential insight into the possibilities and key considerations when using new materials.

To ensure that we get the maximum benefit out of composite materials they must be carefully designed and often tailored to a specific use case. If the initial requirements capture is not thorough and balanced to maximise every element, the final design may not be fit for purpose.

This course will give you an understanding of the requirements that are important to consider in the composites world, along with a series of tools and techniques that will enable you to create robust concept designs for every new project you undertake.

What we'll cover:

- Requirements capture:

  • The influence of design as a percentage of product cost
  • 10 key elements of requirements capture
  • Six essential areas to cover in your feasibility study
  • Selection of the correct materials, manufacturing processes & techniques

- Design principles:

  • Understanding laminate terminology
  • The importance of the Max Fibre Volume Fraction
  • Rules of mixtures - Young's Modulus
  • Hooke's Law
  • Basic and classical laminate analysis
  • Eight essential design considerations including laminate stacking sequences and laminating techniques

- Joining of composites:

  • Features and benefits of a range of joining techniques and use cases

- The effects of simple defects:

  • The occurrence and effect of defects during and post processing

We're here to help:

If you have any questions about this course or whether it's right for you please contact our training team

email: [email protected]

Call: +44 (0)117 370 7600   09:00am - 16:00pm GMT Monday - Friday


Online self-paced study:

  • Immediate access
  • Interactive content
  • Check and test your knowledge as you progress through the lessons
  • Full course access for six months from date of purchase
  • Downloadable, personalised course completion certificate

Cost:  £75

Learning time:  4 hours

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Virtual Classroom Course:

  • Live classes delivered by our expert tutors
  • Broadcast from our on site studio
  • Maximum 15 students per class
  • Fully interactive, ask questions and participate in group discussions
  • Personalised course completion certificate

Cost:  £300 per person

Duration :  This course is delivered over two days in two x 3 hour classes

Course availability 2022:

  • 15th - 16th March, 9:30 - 12:30
  • 19th - 20th April, 9:30 - 12:30


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In person course:

  • Delivered by our expert tutors on site at the National Composites Centre, Bristol
  • Maximum eight students per course
  • Refreshments and lunch included
  • Course materials
  • Personalised course completion certificate

Cost:  £300 per person

Duration: 1 day, 9:00 – 16:30

NCC, Bristol - Course availability 2022:    

  • 14th June  

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NIACE, Belfast - Course availability 2022:    

  • 2nd June
  • 20th September

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