SAE International and University of Michigan Team to Add Hands-on Lab to Popular Automotive Composites Technology Engineering Academy

SAE International is teaming with the University of Michigan to combine classroom and laboratory learning in the “Automotive Composites Technology Engineering Academy.”

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New this year will be interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities at the University of Michigan’s Composites Structure Laboratories, in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Warrendale, PA (PRWEB) June 11, 2014

SAE International is teaming with the University of Michigan to combine classroom and laboratory learning in the “Automotive Composites Technology Engineering Academy.”

The five-day Academy will be held Nov. 10-14 at SAE International’s Troy, Mich., office and will provide an overview of different composite materials in terms of material types such as carbon, glass and natural fibers. The focus, however, will be on carbon fiber processes, typical applications, benefits and shortcomings and limitations. Participants will become familiar with different composites terminology, quality issues, costs and automotive market needs and will gain a holistic understanding of automotive carbon fiber applications.

New this year will be interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities at the University of Michigan’s Composites Structure Laboratories, in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. The activities will provide insight into testing various composite materials as well as processing and manufacturing composite structures.

The “Automotive Composites Technology Engineering Academy” – an immersive and comprehensive learning experience – provides an overview of different composite materials in terms of material types, and focuses on carbon fiber processes, typical applications, benefits, and shortcomings and limitations. Attendees will become familiar with composites terminology, quality issues, costs and automotive market needs, and gain a holistic understanding of automotive carbon fiber applications.

By attending, participants will be able to:

  •     Describe the benefits of composites technology in automotive weight savings applications
  •     Choose composites manufacturing processes that can influence quality
  •     Identify engineering modeling methodologies for composite material and structural performance
  •     Specify common methods for characterization of anisotropic composite materials
  •     Evaluate the latest developments in non-destructive test methods for composite materials and structures
  •     Identify and contrast damage and crush characteristics for composites vs. metals
  •     Identify assessment approaches to durability in composites
  •     Identify recent developments and applications of composites in the automotive industry
  •     Summarize the opportunities for weight savings with composite
Co-lead instructors for the Academy include: Saeed Siavoshani, PhD, Technical Program Manager for LMS, A Siemens Company and adjunct professor, University of Detroit Mercy; and Khaled Shahwan, PhD, world-recognized expert and an industry leader in state-of-the-art virtual methodologies and engineering for advanced lightweight composites and automotive safety technologies.

For more information about SAE International’s Automotive Composites Technology Engineering Academy, please visit http://training.sae.org/academies/acad08/. To attend, contact SAE International at customerservice(at)sae(dot)org or 1-877-606-7323 (1-724-776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada).

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