Composites Lab

Hands-on experience with the fabrication of objects, such as air foils, out of carbon fiber, fiberglass, and Kevlar bonded with epoxy resin matrix, is provided in the Composites Laboratory as part of the coursework for engineering majors.

The laboratory contains a vacuum bagging system and an oven to enable the use of pre-impregnated materials that require a precise temperature for them to cure. A hot wire cutter is also available in the laboratory for the manufacture of molds.

In addition to its role in coursework in aerospacecivil, and mechanical engineering, the Composites Laboratory is used by student competition teams, such as SAE Aero, ERFSEDSEcoCARSAE Formula Hybrid, and AIAA Design-Build-Fly, and faculty-student research collaborative projects such as ARAPAIMA. The lab is available for student use as part of their coursework, for senior design and capstone projects, and for individual research projects.

The Composites Laboratory also is the home to graduate student and faculty research projects. Some current research being performed in the lab includes:

  • Guided lamb waves in composite materials and their application to structural health monitoring for the detection and localization of cracks, flaws, or delamination,
  • Stitched composite materials (PRSEUS) for structural compression,
  • The use of carbon nanotubes to improve composite matrix strength and prevent delamination, and
  • Glass fiber composite wing control surfaces. These are used as part of the research on morphing wings for unmanned aerial vehicles; the use of smart actuators bonded to the composite panels might obsolete the need for mechanical control systems.

Lab Information

Location: LB 180

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email

Lab Director: Ali Yeilaghi Tamijani