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CIC Newsletter – April 2012

News In Brief

Advanced Composite Manufacturing and Design Course

The Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) is holding an Advanced Composite Manufacturing and Design course on June 6th and 7th at our new facility. The goal of the course is to introduce and share best practices as it relates to the manufacture, design, analysis, and testing of composite parts. Participants will not only receive classroom instruction on the design of composite structures, but will also manufacture a composite part using the resin infusion moulding process in the CIC’s process laboratory and then view the part as it is being tested at the Industrial Technology Centre. Topics included in the course are:

  • Best practices for design of composite parts
  • Practical applications of laminate analysis
  • Composite failure
  • Analysis of common structures
  • Composite testing

Project Focus

Kris Goodmanson of the CIC wins big with the Rapid Prototype Nodal Frame Manufacturing Technique for Advanced Composite Applications.

Each year the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students hosts a Canadian Engineering Competition where students are able to compete in a variety of categories. Students must first qualify at their respective schools and again at a regional event prior to involvement in the national competition. As part of the Innovative Design portion of the competition, Kris Goodmanson, a student employed by the CIC, developed the “Rapid Prototype Nodal Frame Manufacturing Technique for Advanced Composite Applications”. This idea partly addresses the problem of having complex geometries integrated into the composite layup process.

Following creation of a design concept, Kris and the CIC approached the Industrial Technology Centre (ITC) to create a rapid prototyped wing structure which provided the internal geometry for the structure. This “printed” wing structure supports composite laminate materials which cover the assembly and produce the necessary stiffness and strength.

After qualifying at the local university level and then at the Western Engineering Competition, Kris participated in the recently held national competition in Vancouver and presented the printed design. Through his efforts Kris received first place for Innovative Design, and additionally the W.R. Petri Engineering Design Award which recognizes the contribution of an outstanding innovative design. It is the intention of the CIC to continue the development of this design philosophy and manufacturing technique utilizing the available technology at the ITC and combining it with truly engineered geometries that will undoubtedly lead to lighter and more efficient designs in the future.