UCLA Extension

Ceramic Matrix Composites I: Materials and Manufacturing

Ceramic matrix composites are key enabling technologies to meeting the demand of fuel-efficient gas turbine engines.  They offer low density, high strength and toughness, and improved high temperature stability relative to nickel-based superalloys.  During the past decades, new continuous ceramic fibers and innovative manufacturing methods for ceramic matrix composites have been developed.  The scientific fundamentals for designing and tough and durable CMCs have also been realized.  For example, Composite Horizons (Covina, CA) has begun manufacturing CMC mixer and center body assemblies for aircraft engines.  However, significant technical challenges remain in CMCs in designing a complex microstructure to improve performance and durability. In this short course, recent advances in processing, structure, properties and performance of various oxide- and carbide-based CMCs will be discussed.

Daily Schedule

DAY 1:
-Course Overview
-CMC Types and Typical Applications
-Processing of Ceramic Fibers for CMCs
-Processing of Ceramic Matrix Composites

  1. Fiber Architecture
  2. Chemical Vapor Infiltration


-Manufacturing of Ceramic Matrix Composites (cont’d)

  1. Slurry-Melt Infiltration
  2. Polymer Infiltration and Pyrolysis (PIP)
  3. Hybrid and Other manufacturing methods


-Interface Bonding and Modification in CMCs
-Non-Destructive Evaluation
-Environmental Barrier Coating for CMCs
-Bonding, Joining and Integration

Coordinator and Lecturer

Jenn-Ming Yang, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA. Professor Yang has over 20 years of research and teaching experience in mechanical behavior of metallic and composite materials for aerospace structural and propulsional applications. He has performed research in material processing and process simulation, microstructural characterization and mechanical testing, micromechanical modeling, and life prediction. He received the Presidential Young Investigator’s Award from the National Science Foundation in 1990 as well as the R&D 100 Award. He has been the PI/co-PI for various federal-funded research programs, including NSF, FAA, ARO, AFOSR, NIST, and NASA. Professor Yang has published over 200 technical papers in mechanical behavior of composite materials, high-temperature materials for aerospace structures and nanostructured materials and nanomechanical testing.

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