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Composites education to promote concurrent Engineering in the composite Industry

Archer, E, McIlhagger, AT and Quinn, JP (2011) Composites education to promote concurrent Engineering in the composite Industry. In: International Conference on Manufacturing of Advanced Composites, Belfast. IOM communications Ltd. 6 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Recent high profile events in the aerospace and wind energy sector have highlighted the potential for even the most established companies to incur costly programme delays, rework or component in-service failure by the inappropriate use of composite materials. These events will invariably tarnish the reputation of the composite industry as a whole and may affect the composite industry’s continued growth and competitiveness.Recently in the US there have been moves to standardise a composites education curriculum and skills development. It has been argued however, that due to the proprietary nature of many of the emerging technologies, the development of a standard education programme will be difficult. This paper examines how organisations and the economy can benefit from a structured training programme targeting staff at all levels within a company’s structure.The paper will outline the current events that have demonstrated the need for an in-depth review of the training of Engineers and technicians for the manufacture of composite components and systems. Furthermore, it will draw on the experience of the authors gained in both an industrial and tertiary environment to present the case for increased and coordinated composites education to satisfy not only the current need, but to lay the foundations for the rapid development of composites in many industrial sectors.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Engineering Composites
ID Code:19820
Deposited By: Dr Edward Archer
Deposited On:06 Sep 2011 13:53
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 10:59

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