Composites

composites
   materials
      compression vs tension
         epoxy + carbon fiber
         concrete + rebar
         fiberglass
         FR1, FR4
         tire
         adobe
         wood
      fiber
         chopped, filament, tape, fabric
         glass
         carbon
         aramid, Kevlar
         natural: cotton, silk, bamboo, wood, linen, burlap, ...
      matrix
         epoxy
         polyester
         phenolic
         urethane
         wax
         cement
         natural: plant resins, sugars, ...
      laminate
   vendors
      McMaster-Carr
      CST
      West System
      AeroMarine
      Jamestown Distributors
      Fiberglass Supply
      Entropy Resins
      Smooth-On
      Ashland
      DuPont
      US Composites
      Hexcel
      Exel
      Gurit
      Toray
   design
      plies
      radius of curvature
      cores
      spar, rib, skin
      digital   
   processes
      cutting, darts, net-shape
      compaction, infusion, volume fraction
      coupons
      open, closed mold
      wet lay-up, pre-preg, RTM, VARTM
      compression molding
         press, clamps, hydrostatic
      vacuum bagging
         mold, release, laminate, core, peel ply, bleeder, breather, bag, sealant tape, pump
      autoclave
      pultrusion
      trimming
      clear coat
   molds
      machined
      folded
      skinned
   safety
      particles, inhalation, rashes
      respirators, googles, gloves
      fumes, ventilation
      exotherm

assignment
   design and fabricate a 3D mold (~ft2), and produce a fiber composite part in it