This course is aimed at delegates with an engineering and materials science background, and will teach you about the latest advancements in new materials, specifically looking into high performance nanomaterials (such as graphene and carbon nanotubes) and their use for manufacturing advanced and multifunctional composites for the aerospace, automotive oil & gas and marine sectors. The course will also cover selection rationale for nanomaterials and protocols for handling in industrial environments.


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

  • Dates
    • Please enquire for course dates
  • DurationThree days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost


    Concessions available

What you will learn

You will acquire a fundamental understanding of nanomaterials structure, synthesis, processing and handling protocols, and will learn about the selection of nanomaterials for use in extreme environments, as well as multiscale composites manufacturing using nanomaterials for aerospace and advanced engineering applications.


Core content

  • Basic understanding of nanotechnology and nanomaterials
  • Manufacturing of high purity graphene and carbon nanotubes 
  • Integration of nanomaterials in traditional glass/carbon fibre composites
  • Improving fracture toughness and impact resistance of composites with nanomaterials
  • High performance carbon nanotube fibres as potential replacement of carbon fibres
  • Nano materials for improving the surface and functional properties of composites
  • Case studies for nanomaterials reinforced for multiscale composites for aerospace, automotive and marine applications

Who should attend

This course is suitable for applicants registered for a degree in engineering and materials science (or equivalent), as well as the industrial sector and academic research community, who are involved in composites manufacturing and interested in the use of nanomaterials. 


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.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.