Pre-Preg Laminating Stage 1

Course Code: 011
Duration: 5 Days
Fees: £900.00 (£1080.00 incl.VAT)
Course structure: 30% theory, 70% practical

Who is it for:

This foundation course is aimed at technicians, manufacturers, designers, managers, quality inspectors and engineers who need a comprehensive understanding of current and progressive pre-preg manufacturing processes. The course supports delegates from across a wide range of industries including automotive and wind turbines through to sports equipment and prosthetics.

Course content: 

This industry driven course is designed to reflect the correct use of modern pre-preg laminating production techniques, incorporating up to date manufacturing and processing methods. Starting from a base of well-established techniques, the course gradually progresses through using co-bonding, co-cure and multi part component assembly. The course explores in detail the use of the latest manufacturing technologies and fabric architectures to develop an understanding and competence in the use of state-of-the-art laminating techniques developing self-sufficiency and confidence in the application of pre-preg techniques.

By combining manufacturing know how including reusable bagging, inflatable consolidators, intensifier forms, bladders, elastic consolidators and form stiffeners, the course is reflective of the advancing changes and industrial practices needed to keep ahead of competition.

Delegates produce a range of composite using a variety of material architectures and manufacturing techniques.

The course will cover:

  • Review health, safety and handling.
  • Composite terminology, materials structure, properties and performance characteristics.
  • Examining fibres, fabrics and drape.
  • Resin types, properties storage, shelf life and disposal.
  • Thermal mapping, curing considerations exotherm and Tg impacts.
  • Techniques and equipment requirements and the drivers for change.
  • Tooling care, preparation and release agents.
  • Templating, nesting and kitting for effective manufacture and material life management.
  • Consideration and practices for joining placement techniques and methods to maintain load distribution.
  • Debulking when and how.
  • Vacuum bagging.
  • Practices for convex parts including the effects of draping.
  • Pre-preg manufacturing of internal and external corners, radii, returns and ply drop offs.
  • Use of a working tool in the manufacture of a two-part cellular component with various curing temperatures.
  • Laminating into female tool incorporating joggle techniques.
  • Utilisation of inserts and multi-staged curing on caul and complex components.
  • Use of an internal intensifiers in the manufacture of thin walled component.
  • Consideration of the impact of current tooling design on the selection of processing and material component options.
  • Impact of manufacturing process on surface finish.
  • Out of autoclave manufacturing.
  • Inspection and defect identification.

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