Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Composite Vacuum Infusion/Light RTM Process

 Title Abbreviation:   VIP/LIGHT RTM PROCESS

 Department:    CMPST

 Course #:    123

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Introduction to vacuum infused plastics. Training in infusion reinforcements, core identification, infusion equipment usage, manifold systems both flow and feed, flow media, bag building, peel ply installation, resin building and infusion techniques employing reusable B side molds. Training in silicone bag building and their usage along with development of rigid B side molds and their usage in Light Resin Transfer Method.


Prerequisite: CMPST 121 or instructor approval.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify resins, initiators, promoters, solvents and all chemicals by sight, smell and touch and handle them by mising measuring, pouring, stirring and weighing to safety standards.
  2. Explain Darcy's law by its four elements.
  3. Identify and describe four different types of vacuum pumps.
  4. Build breathers and feed systems using proper materials.
  5. Demonstrate the use of spray tack adhesive and vacuum bag sealant tape.
  6. Build windows and explain the function of the needle and demonstrate its usage.
  7. Identify and describe the different types of coring material and demonstrate the fitting of core by the use of a scribe.
  8. Identify the correct concentration of initiation to the resin to produce a workable pot life:
    • Predict flow time of resin.
    • Predict correct amount of resin to material ratio.
  9. Discuss and explain the advantages and disadvantages of the reusable B side mold.
  10. Demonstrate silicone bag part building and evaluate its application in industry.
  11. Demonstrate rigid B side part building and evaluate its application in industry.
  12. Distinguish and operate support equipment in Closed Cavity and Light Resin Transfer Method.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.3 Understand the consequences of choices as they relate to local/global community and environmental issues.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.

Course Contents

  1. Darcy's law.
  2. Infusion safety.
  3. The proper use of equipment.
    • Vacuum pumps
    • Breather lines and feed lines.
    • Bagging.
    • Manifolds and resins.
  4. The usage of reinforcements and core.
  5. Reusable B side molds.
  6. Silicone bag building.
  7. Light Resin Transfer Method.
  8. Closed Cavity and Light Resin Transfer Method processes.
  9. Equipment for Light Resin Transfer Method.