Engineering Outreach
Director: Kathy Werrell
Outreach Specialist: Louise Bank
Outreach Specialist: Donna Molinda
Administrative Assistant: Nadine Neiger
Phone: (302) 831-8302
Fax: (302) 831-1468

Composite Materials Certificate Program

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This Certificate Program in Composite Materials is offered by the University of Delaware's Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center for Composite Materials and is administered through the Engineering Outreach Program. It is designed for engineering and science professionals who are new to the field of composite materials or wish to expand their knowledge of composite materials. To successfully participate in this certificate program, one should hold a bachelor's degree in engineering or the sciences, thereby ensuring the necessary background in calculus, ordinary differential equations, and engineering mathematics including linear algebra and field theory.

If the certificate program participant only holds an undergraduate degree, it is recommended that he/she take the certificate program courses for credit and grade (A, B, etc.), so that, if at a later date the participant elects to pursue a graduate engineering degree, these graduate engineering courses would be transferable into that degree program. (At most institutions, including the University of Delaware, a maximum of three courses--9 credits--taken in a non-degree status can be transferred into a graduate degree program.) If the certificate program participant already holds a graduate degree and does not intend to use the courses toward any future degree program, then the participant may elect to take the courses Pass/Fail, still earning graduate credits; but those credits are unlikely to be transferable into a graduate degree program.

The Certificate in Composite Materials will be signed by the Director of UD's Center for Composite Materials, the academic department chairperson for each course taken by the awardee, and the Director of Engineering Outreach. Those who are awarded the Certificate in Composite Materials will have satisfactorily completed three graduate level courses (9 credits) as detailed below.


To plan your Certificate Program in Composite Materials, contact Kathy Werrell (; 302-831-4863). Registering for courses applicable to the certificate program can be done on-line.

Required 3-Credit Course  (choose one of the following three courses)

MEEG616--Composite Materials Structures, taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, provides an introduction to composite materials; anisotropic elasticity and laminate theory; plates and panels of composite materials; beams, columns and rods; composite material shell structures; energy methods; strength and failure theories; adhesive bonding and mechanical fastening; hygrothermal effects; stress analysis, buckling, vibrations and impact.
(available on CD-ROM, or web)
  MEEG617--Composite Materials, taught by Dr.Erik Thostenson, discusses fiber and matrix materials; fiber-matrix interface; polymer, metal, ceramic and carbon matrix composites; geometric aspects, elastic properties, lamination theory, strength of unidirectional composites, strength of laminates, durability, hybrid composites, flexible composites and textile structural composites.
(available live or on web)
  MEEG817--Composite Materials, taught by Dr. Tsu-Wei Chou, introduces thermoelastic behavior of laminated composites, statistical strength theories of continuous-fiber composites, short-fiber composites, hybrid composites, two-dimensional textile structural composites, three-dimensional textile structural composites, flexible composites, and nonlinear elastic finite deformation of flexible composites. A more mathematically intense course than MEEG617, this course requires background obtained from MEEG610 (Intermediate Solid Mechanics), MEEG813 (Theory of Elasticity), or an equivalent course.
(available live; distance availability TBA)
Note: Any of the three courses listed above not used to fulfill the required course may be used as an elective course.

Elective Courses  (two needed; see note above)

MEEG655--Principles of Composites Manufacturing (3 credits), taught by Dr. Suresh G. Advani, introduces the fundamental principles involved in composites manufacturing. Modeling of such processes is emphasized with applications of injection molding, compression molding, filament wiring, pultrusion and resin transfer molding.
(available live; CD-ROM, DVD or web)

MEEG811--Sandwich Structures (3 credits), taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, studies composite and isotropic sandwich structures for stresses, deformations, buckling loads, natural frequencies and dynamic response under mechanical and environmental loads, involving honeycomb, solid, foam, web and truss core sandwich comprising beam, plate, ring and shell structures. Design and minimum weight optimization are treated.
(available on video)


Additional elective options will be made available whenever possible. These will be announced on the Engineering Outreach Web site.

MEEG818--Plates and Shells in Aerospace Structures I (3 credits), taught by Dr. Jack R. Vinson, examines the theory of plates from three-dimensional equations of elasticity. Small deflection analysis of rectangular and circular plates; thermoelastic effects; analysis of orthotropic plates, multilayered plates and sandwich panels; Green's functions; energy methods; Reissner variational theorem for plates of moderate thickness; and large deflections of plates are other topics discussed. This course requires background obtained from MEEG610 (Intermediate Solid Mechanics), MEEG813 (Theory of Elasticity), or an equivalent course.
(available CD-ROM, DVD)

MEEG819--Plates and Shells in Aerospace Structures II (3 credits)* Dr. Jack R. Vinson covers the general theory of thin shells from three-dimensional equations of elasticity; shells of revolution under axially symmetric loads; asymmetric loads; thermoelastic effects; general bending theory, membrane theory, inextensional theory; Donnell equations; edge load solutions; orthotropic shells; laminated shells. This course requires background obtained from MEEG610 (Intermediate Solid Mechanics), MEEG813 (Theory of Elasticity), or an equivalent course.
(available on CD-ROM, DVD)

*MEEG818 is not a prerequisite to this course.




Background knowledge needed for success in MEEG817, 818, and 819 would come from courses equivalent to the following:

MEEG610--Intermediate Solid Mechanics, covers indicial notation, tensors; displacement, strain, compatibility; traction and stress; equations of motion; constitutive description of an elastic material; solutions to boundary value problems including torsion, bending, plane problems in elasticity (Airy stress function) and elements of linear elastic fracture mechanics.


MEEG813--Theory of Elasticity, covers index notation; concepts of stress and strain; equations of equilibrium and compatibility and elastic constitutive response; applications to problems in applied mechanics.

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