Approved by Faculty Senate.

University Studies Course Approval

Department or Program: Engineering

Course Number: ENGR 390

Course Title: Composites Manufacturing

Number of Credits: 3

Catalog Description: A lecture-laboratory course. General manufacturing issues including: flow of a product through a manufacturing firm; environmental, health and safety issues; learning curve. Fabrication processes for polymeric and non-polymeric composite materials. Composites Manufacturing is one of three engineering courses that collectively satisfy 3 credits of the Science and Social Policy requirement in the University Studies Program.

 

This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 Yes.

OR

This is a new course proposal No. (If this is a new course proposal, the WSU Curriculum Approval Form must also be completed as in the process prescribed by WSU Regulation 3-4.)

Department Contact Person for this course: Keith T. Dennehy

Email: kdennehy@winona.edu

 

The proposed course is designed to satisfy the requirements in (select one area only):

Course Requirements

A. Basic Skills: B. Arts & Sciences Core:

______ 1. College Reading and Writing ______ 1. Humanities

______ 2. Oral Communication ______ 2. Natural Science

______ 3. Mathematics ______ 3. Social Science

______ 4. Physical Development and Wellness ______ 4. Fine & Performing Arts

 

C. Unity and Diversity: D. Flagged Courses:

1. Critical Analysis ______ 1. Writing

___X_ 2. Science and Social Policy ______ 2. Oral

______ 3. a. Global Perspectives ______ 3. a. Mathematics/ Statistics

______ b. Multicultural Perspectives ______ b. Critical Analysis

______ 4. a. Contemporary Citizenship

______ b. Democratic Institutions

Course Syllabus

Please see http://course1.winona.edu/kdennehy and select the ENGR 390 – Composites Manufacturing link.

Prerequisites by Course(s) and Topic(s):

ENGR 360 – Introduction to Composite Materials

Topics:

1. Types and properties of matrix materials used in composites

2. Types, properties, and forms of reinforcing fibers used in composites

3. Variables affecting the interface between the reinforcing fiber and the matrix

4. Types and properties of composites

Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Materials:

web site: http://course1.winona.edu/kdennehy

Coordinator(s):

Keith T. Dennehy, Professor

Course Objectives:

The objectives of the Composites Manufacturing course are to obtain a thorough understanding of the processes used to manufacture composite products and to learn about some of the issues facing manufacturing firms in general.

Topics Covered

flow of a product through a manufacturing facility

effect of learning on the labor content of a production process

environmental regulations impacting a manufacturing facility

health and safety issues of concern in a composites manufacturing facility

processes used to manufacture fiber reinforced, polymer composite products

design and manufacture of composite sandwich structures

finishing techniques used in the manufacture of composites

methods used in the joining of composite piece parts to produce composite assemblies

integration of quality assurance into the manufacture of composite structures

methods used to rework and repair discrepant or damaged composite structures

 

Class/Laboratory Schedule:

100 minutes of lecture per week, 100 minutes of lab per week

Contribution of Course to Meeting the Science and Social Policy Requirements:

Topic

Outcome

Course 2/3. Composites Manufacturing

Scientific foundation of topic

Social, ethical, historical and/or political implication

Integrating science with social policy

Evaluate policy options and social dilemmas

Articulate, choose, and defend policy or scientific options

flow of a product through a manufacturing facility

         

effect of learning on the labor content of a production process

X

X

     

environmental regulations impacting a manufacturing facility

 

X

X

X

 

health and safety issues of concern in a composites manufacturing facility

X

X

X

X

 

processes used to manufacture fiber reinforced, polymer composite products

X

       

design and manufacture

of composite sandwich

structures

X

       

finishing techniques used in the manufacture of composites

X

       

methods used in the joining of composite piece parts to produce composite assemblies

X

       

integration of quality assurance into the manufacture of composite structures

 

X

     

methods used to rework and repair discrepant or damaged composite structures

X

X

     

 

 

 

  1. Requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to understand the scientific foundation of the topic.
  2. Hands-on labs provide the students with a thorough understanding of many of the processes used in the manufacture, assembly, and repair of composites. Many of the labs include some form of testing of the part that was produced. This lets the students fully appreciate the implications of their decisions regarding design and processing. It is emphasized during these labs that students review the applicable Material Safety Data Sheets for the materials they are working with. Overviews of the processes, including photos, videos, and examples of parts from previous years are presented prior to the labs. A simple illustrative example (repeated assembly of a child’s puzzle) is used to introduce the effect of learning on productivity.

  3. Requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to understand the social, ethical, historical, and/or political implications.
  4. Problems are used to illustrate how an awareness of the fact that learning occurs over the life of a repeated process can have implications on hiring practices at a company. Actual cases of companies in violation of EPA regulations and the resulting penalties assessed against those companies are presented to the students. The impact current and pending regulations (i.e. MACT) will have on the materials and processes used to produce composites are discussed. Students are required to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment when working in the labs and to dispose of any waste materials according to WSU procedures. Students are introduced to quality systems that result in consistent, high quality products with minimum in-process waste and scrap. Successfully repairing a composite part conveys to the students that this option might be available and a damage part does not always have to be replaced.

  5. Requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to understand and articulate the need to integrate issues of science with social policy.
  6. New processes and materials are discussed that have less of an adverse impact on the environment and the health of shop floor personnel.

  7. Requirements and learning activities that promote students’ abilities to evaluate the various policy options relevant to the social dilemmas posed by the science.

In the labs, students experience firsthand the effect on productivity and cost of practicing sound industrial hygiene and responsible environmental stewardship.

 

 

 

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