Composite materials are widely used due to their advantages in high strength-to-weight ratios, high corrosion resistance, high fatigue life in cyclic loading, and great potential in styling design. The automotive industry is currently challenged with meeting the new government emission and fuel economy standards. One of the ways of achieving this is with weight reduction, resulting in many new materials being used in automotive construction. The course learning outcomes (CLOs) of programs at research universities and community colleges are very different. This paper presents a new composite course that focuses on student learning outcomes for community college students, future designers, and technicians. The course was developed for the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), which is funded by the National Science Foundation. One of its missions is to create a curriculum that meets the needs of educating people in new technology developments in the automotive industry. The material developed in this course contains the course syllabus, course learning objectives, course materials, homework assignments, term projects and tests.
Mechanical Engineering Department