Composite Materials 1

This course will teach you composite materials, their components, manufacturing processes, and their applications. You will learn terminology, processes, datasheets, and criteria to select processes and materials. You will develop a laminate calculation spreadsheet, which will be a helpful tool for your future projects. After the course, you will be able to apply the knowledge acquired to use composite materials in manufacturing components and products.


Welcome to Composite Materials 1.

If you want to learn about these materials, how to use them, and be part of this world, this course is for you!

What will you learn?

You will learn all the principles and theory that involve composite materials to understand what they are, their components, and what they can be used for in different applications, focusing mainly on the Naval Industry.

You will learn specific terminology, different processes, basic chemistry knowledge in the use of polymer matrix, how to properly read material datasheets, and criteria to select the correct or most convenient production processes, procedures, and materials for the particular project you may be working on. 

Once this knowledge is settled, you will develop, together with the instructor, a basic laminate calculation spreadsheet for composite materials, which will be a very helpful tool to be used in your future projects.

After the course, you will be able to apply the knowledge acquired to use composite materials in manufacturing components and products.

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Course organization

The course is video-based and on-demand and can be followed at your own pace.

It contains videos, quizzes, and downloadable documents and gives access to the course’s classroom, a virtual place to interact with the instructor and fellow students.

Students completing the course will obtain the Course Certificate.


  • Video lessons.
  • Written documentation (196 pages).
  • Calculation templates (spreadsheets).
  • Quizzes.
  • Course Certificate.


Once enrolled, you can access the virtual classroom to interact with the course instructor and fellow students.


  • To follow the course, it is not necessary to have any prior knowledge of composite materials. However, a technical or engineering background will help you during the journey. Also, a basic background in physics and mathematical concepts is assumed.

  • A minimum Navalapp membership level of “Subscriber” (free membership) is required to enroll in this course.

RINA Endorsement

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects Endorsement

After a thorough evaluation, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) has found that Navalapp’s course Composite Materials 1 meets the requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of the Institution. Therefore, RINA has considered that the course warrants their recognition and has issued a Certificate of Endorsement.

During the evaluation, RINA studied different aspects of the course, such as learning aims, content and structure, whether the information is up-to-date and is factually correct, students’ evaluations of the course, the supporting information and materials, the instructor’s expertise, the method by which the students are evaluated, and Navalapp’s organization standards.

Course Content


Composite Material
Polymer Matrix Composite
Thermoset Polymers
Molecular Configuration
Fillers or type of reinforcements
Role of the Fiber and Matrix in a Composite Material
Isotropic, Anisotropic and Orthotropic Materials
Composite materials used in different industries
Materials used in the Naval Industry
Fiber Orientation in Fiber Reinforced Composites (type of fabrics)
Material Selection
Manufacturing Methods
Factors to be considered in the Manufacturing Process Selection
Factors to be considered in the Design Process
Critical Variables during the process
Polymer Molding and Curing Cycle
Temperature vs. time transformation diagram (TTT) & Stress vs. Strain Graph
Solid Laminate
Laminated Sandwich Panel
Combined Laminate or “Composite System Strength”
Points of Failure in a Laminate Composite Material
Composite Material Data Sheets
Classical Laminated Plate Theory
In-plane Engineering Constants for the Laminates
Introduction into the basic calculations for a Composite Laminated Plate
Final Assignment
Course Materials
Course Survey
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Regular Price: EUR 70

Your Price:
PRO member: EUR 56
ADVANCED member: EUR 63

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