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Advanced Composites Lab

Advanced Composites Lab




Texas State University's Advanced Composites Lab (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
  • Fire Smoke Toxicity (FST): Radiant Panel, UL-94 fire tests.


  • Courses: MFGE 4367: Polymer Properties and processing; MFGE 4399B: Polymer Nanocomposites
  • Safe Handling of Nanomaterials (NSF grant for Nanotechnology Safety)
  • SAMPE International Composite Bridge Building Contests
  • Senior Design Projects