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The Institut für Textiltechnik of the RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and the Metallurgy & Materials Engineering Department of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) have launched a new certificate designed to meet the needs of young professionals with engineering background who want to exploit the potential of textile-reinforced composites (TRC) to design new products. It could help some companies to switch to composites. The certificate course will take place in September 2010. Here is an interview with the two professors in charge of this course.
AN INTERVIEW WITH UNIV.-PROF. DR.-ING. DIPL.-WIRT. ING. THOMAS GRIES, DIRECTOR, INSTITUT FÜR TEXTILTECHNIK, RWTH AACHEN UNIVERSITY & PROF. DR. IR. STEPAN LOMOV, METALLURGY & MATERIALS ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN SCIENTIFIC DIRECTORS OF THE RWTH CERTIFICATE “ESSENTIALS OF TEXTILE-REINFORCED COMPOSITES”
JEC Composites Magazine: Why did you decide to launch this new certificate entitled “Essentials of Textile-Reinforced Composites”?
THOMAS GRIES & STEPAN LOMOV: Many companies want to switch from “classical” materials to composites. But we think there is a lack of short courses allowing professionals to learn what is feasible with composites and how they can be used. They are already familiar with isotropic materials. This certificate will make them more comfortable with anisotropic materials.
JCM: Who is the target audience?
T.G. & S.L.: This course is tailored to the needs of young professionals with engineering background who want to exploit the potential of TRC to design new products for their companies. A bachelor degree is a prerequisite to attend the course. 25 students are expected at the first session.
JCM: Could you describe the course objectives more precisely?
T.G. & S.L.: This certificate course focuses on the production and simulation of composites based on advanced textile structures and is thus addressing a front-end topic in lightweight construction. It covers the main material characteristics, the latest automated textile processing and textile preforming approaches, composite processing, design and testing procedures.
JCM: What is its content and scope?
T.G. & S.L.: Exploiting the potential of FRC requires specific know-how in material properties and production technologies. The wide range of existing and upcoming applications will be discussed. The contents will be both demonstrated theoretically and used in practice.
Module I will take place from September 13 to 17, 2010 at the RWTH Aachen University, and Module II from September 20 to 24, 2010 at Universiteit Leuven.
Each module involves 30 hours of teaching and 6 hours of self study (60 minutes each). The scope of the course totals 72 hours.
Applicants should be aware of the fact that all the required documents should be submitted by August 20 2010.
JCM: Do you plan to organize other courses in the field of composites?
T.G. & S.L.: The extension of this core programme to create a comprehensive master programme is planned for the years 2011/2012. This master programme will integrate the extensive competence of KU Leuven and RWTH.