Montana State University

Composite Technologies Research Group

The Composite Technologies Research group offers an interdisciplinary research environment. The goal of research is to improve the structural integrity and fatigue response of composite materials through utilizing different lay-ups, fibers, and matrices. Students and faculty from various disciplines work together in teams to research manufacturing techniques, fracture mechanics, alternative matrixes, buckling, complex geometry's, fatigue, and design of composite materials using Finite Element Analysis. Each student pursues a degree in a discipline offered through one of the academic departments at MSU-Bozeman, but conducts research and participates in the following activities at the Composite Technologies Research Group.

Required Coursework for a Doctorate

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Required Coursework for a Masters

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Interdisciplinary Research Teams

Graduate students from the following home departments participate in the Composites Research Technologies Group: Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

For information about graduate admission to Montana State University - Bozeman, see College of Graduate Studies.

For more information regarding graduate study with us, contact the College of Graduate Studies or the College of Engineering.

Undergraduate Education Program

Undergraduate students can obtain undergraduate research positions with our group. The students work for a hourly wage and assist graduate students in research. Students may also work for 470/480 credits for specific, individual student research projects.

The research conducted at MSU is based on the goal of improving composites structures and materials. The information collected is intended for use in the wind turbine blade industry, aerospace industry and other structural and fatigue critical applications. Fatigue data gathered at MSU is used conjunction with the DOE/MSU Composite Materials Fatigue Database. Students and faculty from various disciplines work together in teams to research parameters that effect the design and analysis of composite materials and structures. Parameters explored are reinforcement fabric architecture, complex geometries (wind turbine blades and sandwich panels), buckling, fatigue, FEA analysis, fiber content, ply angles, matrix material, and manufacturing techniques (Infusion, Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), Vacuum bagging, Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM), Prepregs, and Hand lay-up).

To accomplish this goal we integrate scientists and engineers from MSU, along with private industry and government laboratories to address various research areas and problems.

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