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Advanced Composites Laboratory

Advanced Composites Laboratory 




Texas State University's Advanced Composites Laboratory (ACL) is involved in education and research in the areas of manufacturing, characterization, and safe handling of polymer nanocomposites. ACL has state-of-the art manufacturing and characterization equipment.


Composite Manufacturing:

  • Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM)
  • Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)
  • Hand Lay-up
  • Compression Molding
  • Prepreg

Plastics Manufacturing:

  • Injection Molding
  • Compression Molding
  • Extrusion


  • Optical and Digital Microscopy
  • Static Mechanical Testing: Tension, Compression, Shear, Bending, Interlaminar Shear, Fracture
  • Axial fatigue tests
  • Impact: Low Velocity Drop Impact: Bi-axial, Izod, and Charpy impact tests
  • Thermal: Creep, Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, Glass Transition Temperature
  • Rotational Viscometers
  • Hardness Tester
  • Single Fiber Testing 


  • Courses: MFGE 4367: Polymer Properties and processing; MFGE 4399B/5320: Polymer Nanocomposites, ENGR 3311: Mechanics of Materials
  • Safe Handling of Nanomaterials (NSF grant for Nanotechnology Safety)
  • SAMPE International Composite Bridge Building Contests
  • Senior Design Projects
Ryan J. McDermott (middle) won first prize in the 2018 CAMX URS Competition held in Dallas,TX

Ryan J. McDermott (middle) won first prize in the 2018 CAMX URS Competition held in Dallas,TX. He worked with Dr. Tate on developing a novel ablative composite for use in Aersopace industry.