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 8 key steps of a composite prototype lifecycle
  • The important design requirements to capture for composites

Materials and Manufacturing

  • The key range of thermoset and thermoplastic matrices used including biobased versions
  • How to select fibre types, forms and material formats
  • The key manufacturing processes used and their effect on the material properties

Design Considerations

  • The key terminology used when building a composite laminate
  • Using the rule of mixtures when creating a composite material
  • How the strength and stiffness properties are predicted
  • How to apply a range of design guidelines for laminate stacking sequences, geometry design and tooling design


  • Comparing the differences between mechanically fastened and chemically bonded joints
  • The practical considerations for fastener and adhesive selection within a composite joint

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:  £350 per person

Duration :  This course is delivered over two days in two x 3 hour classes - 09:30-12:30

Course availability:

  • 10th - 11th September 2024

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In person course:

  • Delivered by our expert tutors on site
  • Maximum 10 students per course
  • Refreshments and lunch included
  • Course materials
  • Personalised course completion certificate

Cost:  £350 per person

Duration: 1 day, 9:00 – 16:30

NCC, Bristol - Course availability:    

  • 1st October 2024

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South Devon College, Paignton - Course availability:    

  • We are continuously updating our course calendar. Please contact us for future dates for this course. Email [email protected] 

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