UCLA Extension

Aerospace Composite Materials

Using advanced composite materials improves performance and saves weight on numerous aircraft structures, such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. Composites also are used extensively in other industrial sectors, such as wind turbines, oil and natural gas exploration and production, natural gas and hydrogen vehicle storage tanks, high-speed and precision machinery, etc. Due to the anisotropic nature of typical laminated composite materials, the analysis and design of composite structures are considerably more complex than those of their metallic counterparts. This course provides participants with a broad knowledge and interdisplinary perspective on aerospace composite materials, which includes key fiber and matrix materials, manufacturing processes, nondestructive evaluations, and mechanics and analysis methods. A fundamental understanding of the structure, properties, and mechanics of composite materials is needed in order to permit their efficient use in lightweight structural design applications.

The course benefits design engineers, analysts, materials engineers and scientists, manufacturing engineers, quality assurance engineers, engineering managers, R&D engineers and scientists, product development engineers, and anyone else interested in the application of composite materials for the development of efficient lightweight structural designs. Applications apply to such industries as aerospace/defense, power generation and storage, automotive, process industries, medical equipment, and sports equipment.

Coordinator and Lecturer

Professor Jenn-Ming Yang

Professor Yang is currenty the Associate Dean at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA.  He’s also a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA.  Prof. Yang has over 30 years of experience in research and teaching in advanced composite materials for aerospace structural and propulsional applications.   He also has extensive experience in teaching composites-related training courses for Boeing and Northrop-Grumman through various UCLA Extension programs.

Course Program

Development and Applications of Composite Materials

  • Course overview
  • General characteristics of composite materials
  • Composites vs. metals
  • Applications of composite materials

Processing and Selection of Reinforcing Fibers

  • Glass fibers
  • Carbon fibers
  • Kevlar and other polymer fibers
  • Ceramic and inorganic fibers
  • Fiber surface treatment

Manufacturing of Polymer Matrix Composites

  • Fundamentals of composite curing
  • Autoclave molding process
  • ATL and AFP
  • Out-of-autoclave processing
  • Filament winding
  • Manufacturing processes for thermoplastic composites

Elastic Analysis of Lamina and Multiplayer Laminates Composites

  • Elastic properties of a lamina
  • Lamination theory
  • Interlaminar stresses

Strength and Failure Analysis of Composites

  • Strength analysis of a unidirectional lamina
  • Failure theories of a unidirectional lamina
  • Failure prediction for unnotched laminates

Damage Tolerance of Composites

  • Strength analysis of a unidirectional lamina
  • Failure theories of a unidirectional lamina
  • Failure prediction for unnotched laminates

Environmental Durability of Composites

For more information contact the Short Course Program Office:
shortcourses@uclaextension.edu (310)-825-3858