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 Course Title:   Composites Windblade Construction and Repair

 Title Abbreviation:   WINDBLADE CONST/REPAIR

 Department:    CMPST

 Course #:    128

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6

 CIP:    150607

 EPC:    827

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Introduction to composite manufacturing and repair of windblades with emphasis on thermoset prepreg technology. Hands on training in manufacturing and repair using VIP/Vacuum Bagging with proper bleeder schedules, hot-bond repairs/heat blankets, and damage inspection repair techniques. Includes preparation for American Composites Manufacturer's Association (ACMA) wind blade construction and repair certification exam.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the safety hazards and workplace precautions that need to be taken when working with hazardous chemicals such as resins, catalysts, epoxies, solvents, and fillers; safely select proper materials and equipment to make and repair parts.
  2. Determine the extent of damage to Fiber Reinforced Plastic sandwich panels.
  3. Perform repairs using Hot-bond repair equipment in accordance with standard industry procedures.
  4. Demonstrate how to position, secure, and control large area heat blankets to industry standards.
  5. Perform vacuum bagging techniques, proper bleeder schedules, and inspection techniques.
  6. Understand the consumables materials used in windblade construction and repair.

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. Safety hazards and workplace precautions regarding hazardous chemicals such as resins, catalysts, epoxies, solvents, and fillers.
  2. Use of prepreg materials with core construction.
  3. Nondestructive testing of structural repairs.
  4. Grinding and shaping of materials to fit.
  5. Methods of using carbon fiber, Mylar, Kevlar, and prepregs.
  6. Fundamentals of solid laminate and sandwich panel construction methods.
  7. Fundamentals of vacuum bagging materials and processes.
  8. The use of bleeder, breather schedules, debulking concepts, and leak checking.
  9. Large nylon bag building construction.
  10. Damage detection methods used to assess a damaged structure.
  11. Repair approach to damage.
  12. Areas removal and repair methods and techniques to blades.