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.

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