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Advanced Composite Manufacturing, Modeling & Characterization

FEA predictions for composite failure progression and fiber architecture

Understanding how Materials Behave

UDRI’s Advanced Composites researchers design, model, manufacture, develop processes, repair, and characterize advanced composites and hybrid materials. Focusing on aerospace and high performance applications, we conduct materials research and development to better understand the fundamental physics of the material’s response to external conditions.

Current focus areas include use of UDRI-developed, high-fidelity finite element analysis (FEA) models, to design preforms with novel fiber architectures using tailored fiber placement technology. Companion technologies include development of additively manufactured thermoplastic composite tooling and rapid consolidation and cure.

UDRI is a founding core member of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). UDRI’s role is to foster industry supply chain development and transition of new technologies serving the composites community.


  • Processing: Autoclave, Presses, RapidClave, VARTM, Injection Molding
  • Design: BSAM-FEA, Virtual Textile Morphology, Solidworks Design
  • Preforming: Tailored Fiber Placement (PDF, 1.3MB)
  • Agile Tooling: Atlas AM Printer
  • Characterization/Testing: Thermal Analysis Lab, Mechanical Testing, Creaform Scanner Repair

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