Basic Composites Manual

This manual is a basic reference and source of guidance for those who are interested in information regarding composite materials and composites manufacturing processes.  Table of Contents below cover photo.

Basic Composites Manual

Overview of Composites

Section 1 – Composites Overview
Section 2 – Polymer Plastics
Section 3 – What are Composites
Section 4 – The Composites Industry
Section 5 – What makes Composites different from other materials?
Section 6 – The Attributes of Composites
Section 7 – Polyester and Vinyl Ester Resin Systems – Review

Materials

Section 1 – Industrial Materials
Section 2 – Structures of Materials
Section 3 – Properties of Materials

Composite Material Components

Section 1 – The Components of Composites
Section 2 – The Basics of Polymers
Section 3 – Thermoplastic Resins
Section 4 – Thermoset Resins
Section 5 – The Polymerization of Thermoset Resins
Section 6 – Polyester Resin Systems
Section 7 – Gel Coat -- In-mold coating
Section 8 – Resin Additives and Functional Modifiers
Section 9 – Functional Fillers
Section 10 – Fiber Reinforcements
Section 11 – Core Materials
Section 12 – Release Agents

Composites Manufacturing Processes

Section 1 – Introduction to Composites Manufacturing Processes
Section 2 – Open Molding Applications
Section 3 – Combination Molding Applications
Section 4 – Closed Molding Applications

Composites Manufacturing Safety

Section 1 – Introduction to Composites Manufacturing Safety
Section 2 – General Perspective on Safety
Section 3 – Safety Basics
Section 4 – Working Safely with Chemicals
Section 5 – Composite Materials Safety
Section 6 – Hazard Communication Standard -- Chemical Information
Section 7 – Safe Handling of Composite Materials
Section 8 – Fire Prevention and Safety
Section 9 – Fluid Handling Equipment Safety
Section 10 – Electrical Safety
Section 11 – Lock out/Tag out Requirements
Section 12 – Basic Machine Safety -- Fixed Shop Floor Equipment
Section 13 – Hand Tool & Portable Power Tool Safety
Section 14 – Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
Section 15 – Back Injury Prevention, Fall Prevention, Ergonomics
Section 16 – Working Around Industrial Lift Trucks
Section 17 – Hearing Protection
Section 18 – General Housekeeping in the Workplace
Section 19 – Blood borne Pathogens (BBP) Safety