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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Composite Materials for Automotive Applications

ME 59700 / 3 Cr.

This course focuses on design and analysis of composite materials for automotive and motorsport applications and will cover the following four main subjects: COMPOSITE MATERIALS IN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY, IMPACT AND CRASH ANALYSIS, DAMAGE AND FAILURE, and CASE STUDIES AND DESIGNS.

Textbooks

Advanced Composite Materials for Automotive Applications by Ahmed Elmarakbi

Outcomes
After completing this course a student should be able to:
  • Explain how composite materials are designed, processed and utilized in vehicles.
  • Explain all phases of composite design, modelling, testing and failure analysis
  • Evaluate the performance of existing materials including carbon composites and future developments in automotive material technology
  • Integrate impact, crash, failure, damage, analysis and modeling of composites
  • Integrate theory and practice in the field of composite materials and automotive engineering
  • Include energy efficiency and environmental implications
Topics
  • Overview of Composite Materials and their Automotive Applications
  • High-Volume Thermoplastic Composite Technology for Automotive
     Structures
  • Development of Low-Cost Carbon Fiber for Automotive Applications
  • Mechanical Properties of Advanced Pore Morphology Foam Composites
  • Automotive Composite Structures for Crashworthiness
  • Crashworthiness Analysis of Composite and Thermoplastic Foam
    Structure for Automotive Bumper Subsystem
  • Hybrid Structures Consisting of Sheet Metal and Fiber Reinforced Plastics
    for Structural Automotive Applications
  • Nonlinear Strain Rate Dependent Micro-Mechanical Composite Material
    Model for Crashworthiness Simulation
  • Design Solutions to Improve CFRP Crash-Box Impact Efficiency for
    Racing Applications
  • Fracture and Failure Mechanisms for Different Loading Modes in
    Unidirectional Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Composites
  • Numerical Simulation of Damages in FRP Laminated Structures under
    Transverse Quasi-Static or Low-Velocity Impact Loads
  • Building Delamination Fracture Envelope under Mode I/Mode II Loading
    for FRP Composite Materials
  • Metal Matrix Composites for Automotive Applications
  • Development of a Composite Wheel with Integrated Hub Motor and
    Requirements on Safety Components in Composite
  • Composite Materials in Automotive Body Panels, Concerning Noise and
    Vibration
  • Composite Materials for Automotive Braking Systems
  • Low-Cost Carbon Fiber: Applications, Performance and Cost Models