About us

The Composite Core Facility at North Carolina State University College of Textiles encompasses a suite of equipment to provide capability in formation of fiber-based 3D and 2D preforms, manufacturing of composites using resin infusion,  testing, evaluation, and characterization of fiber reinforced composites and high-performance fibrous structures. The suite of equipment include 3D and 2D braiding and weaving technologies, Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) equipment, and testing, evaluation, and characterization of composite structures for their tensile, shear, flexural, impact, and thermal behavior. Additionally, the facility includes nondestructive testing capability and Optical Time Domain Reflectometry (OTDR) for characterizing strain distribution of composite structures with embedded optic sensors. The composite core facility was developed for education and research as well as serving the composite and high performance fiber industry.