Composite: Fundamentals

Gain an understanding of the fundamental aspects of composite components, with a focus on their use in design, analysis and manufacture.

2 days

Members: £1,095 + VAT
Non-members: £1,350 + VAT

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Composite: Fundamentals


£1,095.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£1,350.00 Plus vat


Gain an understanding of the fundamental aspects of composite components, with a focus on their use in design, analysis and manufacture.

This course will provide a deep dive in to composites engineering through the engineering lifecycle from design to analysis, manufacture and certification. The journey of composites begins with their constituent elements, where special considerations must be made before conceptual design. Analysis is carried out in conjunction with design phase, through multiple loops to ensure an efficient structure. Manufacturing is also considered at every stage of development and is one of the most important aspects of the process. Finally quality assessments, testing and certification is covered.

The interconnectivity of each aspect of engineering is extremely important with composites and is discussed in detail during the course. Emphasis is placed on real world applications, based on significant experience from the aerospace sector.

This course is intended for all of those involved in design, analysis or manufacturing, as well as individuals looking to broaden their overall understanding of composites.


Course content

Day 1
  • Session 1: Course introduction
  • Session 2: Composite Definitions, terminology and notations
  • Session 3: Materials and Manufacturing
  • Session 4: Composite Characteristics
  • Session 5: Laminate Design
Day 2
  • Session 1: Assembly Process
  • Session 2: Composite Certification and Requirements
  • Session 3: Composite Defects and Detection
  • Session 4: Composite Bolted Joint
  • Session 5: Course Wrap-Up

All sessions have a short summary and pop-quiz style section at the end. Please note that the session distribution above may vary depending on learning needs and number of delegates of each cohort.

Who should attend?

Engineers or Engineering Managers with any level of experience relating to engineering. Equally, persons with a general interest in composites would benefit from this course.

How will I benefit?

After attending this course you will be able to: 

  • Understand the basics of composite materials, stacking and layup rules
  • Understand the basics of assembly design requirements
  • Understand the analytical process of assessing composites
  • Understand the certification process, specifically relating to the aerospace sector
Contributes 14 CPD hours

Key topics

  • Composite definitions, terminology and notations
  • Composite materials and manufacture overview
  • Composite characteristics
  • Lamina and laminate properties
  • Assembly and joint design
  • Introduction to certification
  • Inspection techniques, damage and defects

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: A, B and E

  1. Knowledge and understanding - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology’ For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology’
  2. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’ For Incorporated Engineers ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’
  3. Professional commitment - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Composite: Fundamentals.

  • Miroslav Stojkovic

    Miroslav Stojkovic, MSc CEng MRAeS

    Miroslav's work includes theoretical, experimental, and practical investigations of performance polymer composite and metallic structures when subjected to a wide variety of loading, process modelling and system engineering. He has extensive experience in product development, analysis, testing and manufacturing process development of composite and metallic materials, structures and systems gained through 20 years of experience by working in regulated industries and R&D environment.

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  • Duration:
    2 days
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  • UK-Spec:
    A, B, E

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