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 aerospace, civil, and mechanical engineering, the Composites Laboratory is used by student competition teams, such as SAE Aero, ERFSEDS, EcoCAR, SAE 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: