25/10/10 – Composites Innovation 2010 – Advances in Materials, Design and Manufacture of Large Composite Structures
25 October 2010
This conference will take place between 9th & 10th November and will be held in Manchester, UK. The organisers, NetComposites Limited at www.compositesinnovation.com say that the conference is aimed at composite users, material suppliers, manufacturers, environmentalists, designers, engineers, researchers and technicians from industry and universities. Lightweight structures are in demand in many industries from wind, to aerospace, construction and mass transit applications . However these structures represent many challenges.
According to the organisers, “Material and manufacturing developments mean that fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites offer a solution to many of these challenges, exploiting in particular their high strength-to weight ratio and excellent durability properties. This conference will provide a forum for the exchange of information on this recent trend to large structures and the need for materials, design and manufacturing technologies to meet that demand.
Composites Innovation 2010 builds on the success of the previous conference in this series held in Barcelona, Spain in 2007. The conference presents the latest research and technical innovations alongside detailed case studies demonstrating how to effectively transfer these new technologies into commercial applications.
The provisional programme is now available for the conference, where we have confirmed speakers from Cranfield. Glyndwr and Laval Univertieis, and a number of leading composite companies. For example, some of the technical presentations cover 3D Preformed Materials for Large Composite Structures and New Sandwich Panel: The Combination of PVC Honeycomb and GRP reinforced PVC Plates and Design Opportunities for Freeform Shapes Using FRP Materials.
The second day of the conference will cover aspects of composite manufacturing. Richard Day of Glyndwr University will give a presentation on Cost Effective Rapid Manufacture of Structural Carbon Fibre Thermoplastic Composites while John Reed of CGTech will discuss Developments in Machine Independent Programming and Simulation of Automated Fibre Placement Machines. The practical use of composites will be covered by Matthew Chalk, Solent Composite Systems in his talk on the development of a Low Power Consumption Manufacturing System for Automated Production of Offshore Wind Turbine Rotor Blades.