Technology Lecture - Design & Production of Composite Structure

Date: 21 May 2009 - 21 May 2009

Venue: Training Room 1, Tower Block, Level 3

The introduction of composite materials in the newest aircraft Airbus A380 and Boeing 787, the wind energy sector and other high-performance applications, is changing the component design and manufacturing approach. While composites provide higher freedom for designers to improve cost-effectiveness and performance, manufacturing remains one of the main cost factors preventing an even stronger market penetration, a reduction in environmental impact and lower operational cost. Thermoset-matrix composites have been predominantly used in the past decades. They typically require extended processing cycles and refrigerated storage of the raw materials – and they are difficult to recycle. As a consequence, thermoplastic composites, which do not exhibit these drawbacks, are fast becoming popular in the industry as promising alternative.This technology lecture will provide an overview of current design and processing methods, with an emphasis on thermoplastic composites and their potential for application, ranging from sheet-shaped parts to primary aircraft structures. Research activities on affordable processing, bonding of thermoplastic composites and novel concepts in multifunctional material design will be presented.

About Speaker
Harald Bersee is an associate professor at the chair Design & Production of Composites Structures and director of the Delft Aerospace Structures & Materials Laboratory both of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. He is also Vice-President Region 1 (Europe) of ICCM – the International Committee on Composite Materials. In 1988 he graduated as Aerospace Engineer at the same faculty and where he worked for 6 years as a researcher on thermoplastic composites. For 2 years he investigated the flow behaviour of GMT, PP and Carilon at the Shell laboratories in Amsterdam. Subsequently he worked for 3 years in the injection moulding industry. In 2000 he returned to the Delft University of Technology; chair Design & Production of Composites Structures, where he established a research line on composites materials and processes with emphasis on thermoplastic composites.

9.30 am    Registration
10.00 am   Welcome & Overview of the Composites activities in SIMTech
                    Presentation by Prof H.E.N. Bersee
10.45 am   Refreshments & Networking
11.00 am   Q & A and Roundtable Discussion
11.45 am    End

Who Should Attend
R & D Managers, Engineers and researchers from the from the aerospace, defence, precision engineering and transportation industry, as well as academia with interest in composite materials.

This is NON CHARGEABLE  event. Please register online to reserve a seat.
Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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