This short course deals with the analysis of the cure of thermosets and their composites. Material behaviour including cure kinetics and evolution of thermal, mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties is addressed and phenomena at the component level are analysed using Finite Elements simulation. 

Methods for real time monitoring of cure are presented and linked with the application of modelling methodologies. The analysis of the process of cure is accompanied by practical tutorials on modelling and simulation as well as experimental demonstration of experimental methods including on-line monitoring.

Cranfield University Composites Centre (Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre) has more than 20 years of experience of research, development and teaching across composites materials, composites manufacture, process control and material/structure performance. The centre currently delivers to an international audience of postgraduate students and industrial clients (Airbus, AkzoNobel, Bentley, Bombardier, Hexcel, McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Safran, Scott Bader, RedBull, Petronas, etc). The centre has unique materials processing, compounding, filament making, nanomaterials production and composites characterisation facilities. We are able to deliver bespoke training courses covering a broad range of composites related topics, via online or in-person attendance.

At a glance

Core content

You will be able to develop and apply cure kinetics models to analyse composites processing, utilise finite element modelling to analyse component cure, have an understanding of the methods required to develop accurate constitutive models for cure simulation, and appreciate the opportunities offered by on-line process monitoring. 

Core topics include: 

  • Cure kinetics
  • Finite Elements cure simulation
  • Constitutive models
  • Utilisation of simulation for optimisation and variability analysis of composites cure
  • Dielectric and fibre optic cure monitoring
  • PC based tutorials of cure kinetics
  • PC based tutorials of Finite element analysis of composites cure
  • Lab demonstration of characterisation and on-line monitoring

Who should attend

Composites manufacturing engineers with an interest in quantitative process analysis and materials science associated with the cure of composites; materials scientists and engineers involved in composites manufacturing activities; simulation engineers with an interest in applying their skills in a composites manufacturing content; designers wishing to utilise process considerations in the design of composite components; and researchers in the field of composites manufacturing. 


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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