Basic Composites for Engineers
Online Noncredit Course

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Course Description

This is an introductory course for engineers who have little or no experience with composite materials.  The course includes an introduction to a broad spectrum of topics rather than placing an emphasis on a single topic.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course participants will:

  • Be knowledgeable regarding conventional fiber/polymer materials used in the manufacturing of composites.
  • Understand mechanics of orthotropic lamina and laminates, and ply failure theories.
  • Be able to design/analyze simple laminated structural elements (stringers and beams)
  • Be knowledgeable about the composite material characterization methods and allowable generation
  • Understand damage resistance and tolerance aspects, and NDI methods for composite materials.
  • Be knowledgeable about the common design guidelines when designing using composite materials

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for practicing engineers with a basic knowledge of mechanics of materials (or strength of materials). The course provides an overview of a broad range of introductory topics in the field of fiber reinforced composites.

Course Length

This course is 60 hours of instruction.  Students have 60 days to complete the online course.  Students that successfully compelte the course will receive a certificate of completion with 6 CEU units.

Course Outline

Participants will be guided through the various course topics and have the flexibility to complete sections at their own pace.  Upon receipt of payment, the materials and course log-in information will be provided.

Module 1

  • Introduction Manufacturing Methods
  • Manufacturing Methods

Module 2

  • Mechanics of Lamina
  • Mechanics of Laminates

Module 3

  • Ply Failure Theories & laminate Allowables
  • Structural Analysis of Stringers & beams

Module 4

  • Free edge Stresses
  • Mechanical Characterization
  • Statistical Analysis/Allowables

 Module 5

  • Non-destructive Inspection
  • Damage Resistance & Tolerance
  • Design Guideline

Course Instructor

Dr. RajuDr. Suresh Keshavanarayana (Raju) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University. Dr. Raju’s interests include damage tolerance of sandwich structures, rate sensitivity of composite materials, and fatigue of fastener joints. Dr. Raju has been involved in the experimental investigation on the rate sensitivity of composite materials for crashworthiness applications. Dr. Raju received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University, India and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University.


Online learning and system requirements

For information concerning online learning and the necessary system requirements please visit http://www.wichita.edu/learningonline

Registration Information

Online registration for the course is now open.  Once you register and submit your payment for the course, an account will be created for you.  It takes approximately 1-2 business days to have your account created.  Once your account is ready you will receive an email with directions for logging in and accessing the course.  Cost for the course will be $975 per person. 
If you have questions concerning the course please contact WSU Conference Office, conference.office@wichita.edu or 316-978-6493.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Once the course is accessed, either by requesting materials or by viewing lessons, there are no refunds.


The online course development was funded by the College of Engineering through a Jobs Accelerator Grant awarded by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of Department of Labor.  This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The DOL ETA has contributed $27,224 of federal funding (2011-2015) toward the development and implementation of the two online composites course development which accounts for 100 percent of program cost in FY12.  The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This solution is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner.