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Undergraduate: Engineering Composites

  • Program Overview

    Engineering Composites (ECS)

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the minor in Engineering Composites to Mechanical Engineering students and non-Mechanical Engineering students who seek a strong education in the mechanical behavior of composite materials.  This minor is intended for students with a strong background in engineering or physical science.  Engineering composites are used widely in many industries including aerospace, civil, naval, medical, and automotive; examples can be seen in aircraft, yachts, motor vehicles, dental fillings and a wide range of military equipment. Engineering composites can be designed with high stiffness, high strength and light weight, making them efficient as structural load bearing components.  They constitute an extremely broad and versatile class of materials that encompass a wide range of constituents, length scales and configurations.  Examples include fiber reinforced polymer composites, metal matrix composites, particle reinforced composites, nano-reinforced composites. Composites are inherently more complex than monolithic engineering materials that students are used to (e.g. metals and ceramics). They are heterogeneous, anisotropic and predicting their mechanical behavior and failure is far more challenging than that of conventional structural materials. In comparison to conventional materials, designing with composites admits tremendous possibility, but requires specialized analysis methods.  This minor will provide the students with the background as well as the analysis and design methods to provide a foundation for using engineering composites effectively. To fulfill this outcome, three main topics will be addressed: 1) Theoretical background, analysis and design; 2) Fabrication; and 3) Characterization. Students will learn how to fabricate composites, experimentally measure their relevant mechanical properties, and incorporate them into engineering designs.  Students will gain invaluable insight into engineering composites, give them a competitive edge in an engineering market that is becoming increasingly dependent on engineering composites.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the minor in Engineering Composites 

    Completion of minor requires 18-21 credits from the following three required and 3-4 elective courses.  Please note that all prerequisites must be satisfied in order to take these courses. A student who wishes to pursue this minor should consult with the undergraduate program director in the Department of Mechanical Engineering before registering for the elective courses. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and a G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher is required for the six-seven courses that constitute the minor.

    1.    3 Required Courses (9 credits):

    • MEC 363 Mechanics of Solids
    • MEC 456 Intro to Engineering Mechanics of Composites
    • MEC 457 Engineering Composites Fabrication and Characterization 

    2.    3 Elective Courses from the following list (9 to 12 credits):

    • MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis
    • MEC 442 Introduction to Experimental Stress Analysis
    • ESG 302 Thermodynamics of Materials
    • ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials (Cannot be used by MEC, ESG, and CIV majors)
    • ESM 335 Strength of Materials
    • ESM 469 Polymer Engineering
    • BME 353 Introduction to Biomaterials or ESM 453 Biomaterials
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  • Contact

    Engineering Composites (ECS)

    Minor in Engineering Composites

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Program Director:David Hwang

    Office: 113 Light Engineering Lab

    Phone: (631) 632-8310





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