Advanced Engineering 2016 - National Exhibition Centre, 02 - 03 November 2016

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Advacned Engineering - open conference

Thursday 3rd November:

Below you will see a full list of all presentations taking place on the second day of Advacned Engineering 2016 across all 6 Open Forums. You are able to jump straight to the time you are planning to attend to see what sessions you might be interested in.

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There are six Open Forum streams taking place, each identified by the image below appearing in the column to the left of the session:

Advacned Engineering - Open Forum - Aerospace Engineering
Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials
Advanced Engineering - Open Forum - Automotive Engineering
Advanced Engineering - Open Forum - Composites Engineering
Advanced Engineering - Open Forum - Performance Metals Engineering & Advanced Engineering
Advanced Engineering - Open Forum - Enabling innovation

FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME - THURSDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2016

Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 10:00 - 10:15

WHAT: COALINE project: Development of an innovative manufacturing process for the in-LINE COAting of pultruded composites

WHO: Dr. Nora Lardiés, Researher, Researcher, Composites Department in AIMPLAS (Plastics Technology Center)


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 10:00 - 10:15

WHAT: Thermography testing of engineering structures

WHO: Dr. Shayz Ikram from LOT-QuantumDesign (Hosted by The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing)

Thermography-based aircraft maintenance applications range from extremely simple qualitative inspections using minimal instrumentation (e.g. detection of trapped water by observation of the aircraft with an infrared camera immediately after landing) to measurement applications performed with flash thermography systems (e.g. paint thickness measurement).  However, the realities of present day aircraft maintenance make the simpler, smaller, less expensive alternative the more desirable one.  This can be accomplished through the use of step heating excitation, with duration on the order of seconds, instead of more precise (but more expensive) flash heating, where pulse durations are on the order of a few milliseconds. Step heating performance is improved significantly through the use of the Thermographic Signal Reconstruction (TSR) method, which removes artifacts due to non-uniform heating and surface emissivity variations,  and provides both noise reduction and signal enhancement. The resulting logarithmic derivative signals and images are easily interpreted, providing robust and repeatable common flaw types (e.g. delamination, impact damage, trapped water), as well as a positive indication of a defect-free subsurface interface (e.g. skin to core). We have developed near and far-field step heating systems, based on novel active illumination schemes combined with TSR processing. The near field system is a self-contained handheld device that is positioned in close proximity to the aircraft.  The far field system can be configured to operate at a working distances ranging from 5 to 50 feet from the aircraft.  We have tested both the near and far field systems on applications including water entrapment, detection of skin to core disbonds in composite and aluminum control structures, detection of impact damage in composites and evaluation of patch repairs.


ENABLING INNOVATION

WHEN: 10:00 - 10:15

WHAT: IOT

WHO: Thomas Schildknecht, Schildknecht


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 10:00 - 10:20

WHAT: High Performance Fire, Smoke and Toxic Fume Resin and Gelcoat Systems- Successes in the Building & Construction Industry

WHO: Neil Gray,Global Market Manager, FST Products, Scott Bader (Hosted by NetComposites)


AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 10:00 - 10:30

WHAT: How the motorsport ethos helped deliver the Jaguar Project 7

WHO: Matt Sellens, Business Development Manager, Formaplex (Hosted by Motorsport Industry Association)

Formaplex was established in 2001 delivering composite patterns to the motorsport industry.
Since then we have grown into a one-stop-shop plastics and composites business.
We employ over 450 people designing and delivering injection mould tooling, composite tooling and many different plastic and composite components to the automotive, motorsport and aerospace sectors. The presentation will show how the motorsport ‘can-do’ ethos that permeates through Formaplex helped Jaguar to deliver the Project 7 limited edition sports car with the design and production of lightweight composite body panels.


Performance Metals Engineering/ Advanced Engineering

WHEN: 10:00 - 10:30

WHAT: Arconic's Additive Manufacturing Drives Innovation in Engineering

WHO: Markus Heinimann, Vice President - Engineered Products and Process Technology, Arconic Titanium and Engineered Products


ENABLING INNOVATION

WHEN: 10:15 - 10:30

WHAT: Internet of Things - bringing data to your doorstep

WHO: Prof Jarek Rosinski, CEO, Transmission Dynamics

The paper describes a novel approach to data automation systems, where bespoke sensors can capture and wirelessly transfer data from the field, to be analysed by intelligent signal recognition software. Any deviations from normal operating behaviour are automatically and instantly reported to key stakeholders.
The presented approach sits neatly in the new trend of Internet of Things, and outlines the way forward in creating fully unmanned data automation and decision making infrastructure. The examples and case studies discussed include:

  • PANDAS - an automated system to detect, accurately locate and trend collisions between the overhead line and the pantograph in modern rail systems
  • Bolt Cap Module - a new era in long-term, unmanned remote monitoring of bolt tension
  • Smart Oil Plug - fully autonomous gearbox monitoring and diagnostics system
  • Crack Dynamics - remote monitoring, trending and reporting of crack detection and propagation

The above case studies demonstrate the benefits of the recent advances in sensor design which, supported with modern wireless global data handling, and intelligent automated data analysis, became an advanced tool assisting in solving future engineering problems.


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 10:15 - 10:30

WHAT: R&D Funding Opportunities for Composites

WHO: Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Advanced Composites, Knowledge Transfer Network

 

 


Aerospace Engineering

WHEN:10:15 - 10:30

WHAT: Will Wearables Deliver

WHO: Dr Jon T Platts, Founding Director, Muretex Ltd. (Hosted by NATEP)


Composites Engineering

WHEN: 10:20 - 10:40

WHAT: Safely Covering the World: The Fibrelite Cover Story

WHO: Aaron McConkey, Marketing Coordinator, Robert Caddick, Technical Sales and Jo Stott, Marketing Director - Fubrelite (Hosted by NetComposites)

A group presentation by members of Fibrelite’s UK team. Fibrelite has led the composite access cover industry since 1980 when they created the world’s first as a prototype for Esso UK.


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 10:20 - 10:40

WHAT: International Construction

WHO: Aaron McConkey, Marketing Coordinator, Robert Caddick, Technical Sales & Jo Stott, Marketing Director, Fibrelite


Enabling Innovation

WHEN: 10:30 - 11:00

WHAT: Horizontal Innovation

WHO: Jeremy Hadall, IET (Hosted by High Value Manufacturing Catapult)

Horizontal innovation represents the effective transfer of knowledge and technology from one sector to another; something that currently happens on an ad-hoc basis in the UK.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) seeks to address the current lack of widespread exploitation of horizontal innovation in the business technology community by working with a number of collaborative partners.  Looking to raise awareness and drive wider take-up of “Horizontal Innovation” across the innovation landscape, the initiative will provide an increased and improved national approach, based upon pre-existing technologies and processes, which could deliver huge economic and societal benefits. 


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 10:30 - 10:45

WHAT: Challenges and Opportunities for polymer sintering processes

WHO: Candice Majewski, Mechanical Engineering Lecturer, Sheffield University (Hosted by Rubber & Plastics Research Association)


PERFORMANCE METALS ENGINEERING & ADVANCED ENGINEERING

WHEN: 10:30 - 10:45

WHAT: Introduction to Spark Plasma / Direct Current Sintering for Commercial Applications

WHO: Adrian Goodbrand, VFE & Bob Aalund Thermal Technologies


AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 10:30 - 10:45

WHAT: Perfluoropolyether Lubricants: Benefits and Uses in Automotive Applications

WHO: Steve Johnston, Technical & Application Support Manager


Aerospace Engineering

WHEN: 10:30 - 11:00

WHAT: ATI Funded VIEWS Programme

WHO: David Mouatt, Senior Programme Manager in Collaborative Research & Technology, GKN Aerospace


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 10:40 - 11:00

WHAT: International Construction

WHO: Chris Hare, Research and Technology Manager, NetComposites


Composites Engineering

WHEN: 10:40 - 11:00

WHAT: Biocomposite Facades and Interior Partitions for New Builds and Restoration

WHO: Chris Hare, Research and Technology Manager, NetComposites (Hosted by NetComposites)

 

 


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 10:45 - 11:00

WHAT: Adhesive Bonding: Innovations in Advanced Engineering Design and Assembly Solutions

WHO: Antonio Pagliuca, Senior Technical Specialist - Application Engineering, 3M

Adhesive bonding technology can provide innovative assembly solutions that allow designers more freedom and choice both in terms of material selection, product design and manufacturing processes. This presentation will highlight the advanced bonding technologies that are available - outlining all the key advantages that such technology can offer to help designers and engineers create better products.  It also highlights the key aspects to consider for selecting the correct adhesive for your application, to help achieve the best possible results in terms of design, assembly process and product performance. This seminar will also expand on how adhesive technology can help with light-weighting, multi-material bonding and review the influencing factors that environmental conditions and mechanical loads have on long term performance.


PERFORMANCE METALS ENGINEERING & ADVANCED ENGINEERING

WHEN: 10:45 - 11:00

WHAT: Levy and apprenticeship reforms

WHO: Gareth Jones, Managing Director, In-Comm Training & Business Services Ltd (Hosted by Confederation of British Metalforming)

Apprenticeships seem to be the single most important answer to the UK’s skills issues and, as a result, there have been a number of changes to vocational learning introduced this year.


Automotive Engineering

WHEN: 10:45 - 11:00

WHAT: Announcing the Active Aerodynamic Vision System - a mechatronically-deployed rear vision camera system replaces wing mirrors, reduces drag, increases efficiency.

WHO: Rob Marchan, MD, Marchantcain Design Ltd.


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:00 - 11:10

WHAT: Creating a circular economy

WHO: Stella Job, CompositesUK (Hosted by CompositesUK)

The "composite" nature of fibre reinforced polymers is what makes them stiff, strong and durable, but also presents unique challenges in creating a circular economy. This talk will briefly summarise recent initiatives aiming to address this, followed by two examples of developments in this area.


PERFORMANCE METALS ENGINEERING & ADVANCED ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:00 - 11:15

WHAT: Speciality Metals - Innovative tooling solutions

WHO: Paul Harvey, Technical Manager, Uddeholm UK


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 11:00 - 11:20

WHAT: Affordable composites - the opportunities and challenges

WHO: Philip Bruce, CLF WG chair (Composites UK)

Philip will talk about the Opportunities and Challenges for the Composite growth expectations primarily into Automotive in the UK and why the Affordable Composites Group helps focus the supply chain to deliver this growth in the UK.


AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:00 - 11:30

WHAT: You’ve Tested It, What Have You Proved?

WHO: David Ensor, Senior Consultant, Engineering Integrity Society (EIS) (Hosted by Engineering Integrity Society)


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:10 - 11:20

WHAT: Recycled carbon fibre nonwovens for high volume composite manufacturing

WHO: Fraser Barnes, ELG Carbon Fibre (Hosted by Composites UK)


PERFORMANCE METALS ENGINEERING & ADVANCED ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:15 - 11:30

WHAT: Training and development using government funded framework (free to employers)

WHO: Clive Jennings, Key Account Manager, Lean Education and Development Group of Companies (Hosted by Confederation of British Metalforming)


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:20 - 11:30

WHAT: Innovative recycling solutions for composites

WHO: Natan Elfassy, Senior Business Development Manager , Agecko UK Ltd (Hosted by Composites UK)

Solutions in place for fibreglass/GRP.


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 11:20 - 11:40

WHAT: Achieving change through collaboration

WHO: Henry Sarel-Cooke, GKN (Hosted by Composites UK)

Legislation is driving lower CO2 targets, historically  achieved through powertrain efficiencies however the industry is in agreement the technological focus will have to shift to light weighting to achieve ever tighter limits.

GKN knows that adoption of new technology will only happen once the business case supports it, this will require an efficient supply chain and lean manufacturing processes capable of meeting the customers’ requirements for cost, volume and quality.

The focus for this project will centre upon GKN as a Tier 1 supplier working to establish a UK based, light weight supply chain supporting this high value and “sticky” technology,  building a consortium of industry experts concentrating on  technologies in the areas of manufacturing processes, joining technology and non-destructive testing, which will be essential to meet the customer needs and provide lightweight structures in automotive volumes.


Automotive engineering

WHEN: 11.30-12.00

WHAT: Butted Lightweight Steel Structures (BLiSS)

WHO: Tom Cleverly, Project Engineer, Reynolds Technology & Tim Williams, Commercial Director, Simpact Engineering Ltd (Hosted by Niche Vehicle Network)

The BLiSS project delivered a Caterham 7 spaceframe at 10% less weight whilst achieving key benchmark performance and cost criteria. This was achieved by the application of Reynolds double butted tube technology within a Simpact virtual engineering programme to deliver a right first time design within ambitious timescales.


Enabling Innovation

WHEN: 11.30-11.50

WHAT: Laser Driven Sources- opening a whole new world of applications

WHO: Dr Ric Allott, Central Laser Facility, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laborator (Hosted by Knowledge Transfer Network)


Automotive Engineering

WHEN: 11.30-12.00

WHAT: Advanced Materials and Structures

WHO: Tom Cleverly, Project Engineer, Reynolds Technology (Hosted by Niche Vehicle Network)


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:30 - 11:45

WHAT: Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Applications

WHO: Mike Kelly, Director Business Development, Innovate 2 Make Ltd (Hosted by NATEP)


PERFORMANCE METALS ENGINEERING & ADVANCED ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:30 - 11:45

WHAT: Brexit - Opportunities and Challenges for Enginneering IP

WHO: Avi Freeman, Partner, Beck Greener


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:30 - 12:30

WHAT: What is a Composite Material?

WHO: Joe Carruthers, NetComposites (Hosted by NetComposites)


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 11:40 - 12:00

WHAT: Case study - it's not all about automotive - affordable composites for rail infrastructure

WHO: Martin Halpin/Eddie Blackett, Construction Composites/Ilecsys (Hosted by Composites UK)

The Management team at Construction Composites have many years of experience in the fabrication and supply of composite materials and are aware of the numerous benefits that composites can offer in a rail infrastructure environment is some circumstances.

Recent projects have included Coping Stones, Tunnel Shaft Linings, Bridge Cladding Panels and Lineside equipment cabinets

iLECSYS Rail, have worked with composites material for over 30 years, they are now a leading supplier of alternative products which often replace steel within the Rail sector.

Through products such as staircases, staging’s and platforms and including innovations from other companies within the field of foundations, such as Shire piles, iLECSYS Rail have been able to show considerable cost saving compared with traditional solutions.

Brief Case Studies demonstrating how affordable composite materials can be in a rail environment with include:

1. FRP Aqueduct spanning over a railway
2. Composite Staging for Lineside Equipment
3. Railway overbridge comprising FRP Deck
4. Access/Egress and Staircase Solutions
5. FRP saddleback coping for use on overbridges
6. Backfill foundation solution for lineside staging’s
7. FRP Footbridge over railway
8. Compact/Micro Staging in composite materials

Although composite materials may have a slightly higher capital expenditure the overall cost savings on the project come from installation advantages of either using smaller machinery or none at all. The additional benefit being these installations are often safer for operatives whilst also being more sustainable and with a built in reduction in associated maintenance.

Composites structures help to maintain a railway which is constantly being challenged to operate for longer.


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:45 - 12:00

WHAT: A20X Surface Treatments Development

WHO: Dr John Archer, Research & Development Manager, Poeton Ltd.,  Kin Lok Lee, Development Engineer, Aeromet Ltd., Dr John Forde EngD, Head of Metallurgical Science, Aeromet Ltd. & Kelvin Milner, Technical Manager, Aeromet Ltd (Hosted by NATEP)

The need to eliminate chromate based treatments for EHS (Environmental & Health Safety) poses challenges to the industry and is a barrier for the A20X Alloy development and qualification for new surface treatments. Aeromet will deploy background material and process IP to manufacture a wide range of test samples. Poeton will deploy their background surface treatment IP to develop the new and improved surface treatment solutions. Development on surface treatments for A20X will provide a total product solution for further commercialization and sector development activities.


PERFORMANCE METALS ENGINEERING & ADVANCED ENGINEERING

WHEN: 11:45 - 12:00

WHAT: The Metalysis Process – Alloy Design Opportunities for Additive Manufacturing

WHO: Dr Ian Mellor, Metalysis


Enabling Innovation

WHEN: 11.50-12.10

WHAT: Lightweight Solar Cells for Space and UAV’s Applications

WHO: Dr Dan Lamb, Centre for Solar Energy Research, Swansea University (Hosted by Knowledge Transfer Network)


Performance Metals Engineering / Advanced Engineering

WHEN: 12.00-12.30

WHAT: Hot Isostatic Pressing

WHO: Dr Susan Davies, Advanced Technology Leader HIP, Bodycote H.I.P Limited (Hosted by European Powder Metallurgy Association)

Bodycote Hot Isostatic Pressing AB, based in Chesterfield, will be presenting the benefits of using the Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) production process, the types of components that can be produced using this process and advantages over other manufacturing processes.


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 12:00 - 12:15

WHAT: Inclusive Engineering

WHO: Dawn Bonfield, CEO, Women's Engineering Society


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 12:00 - 12:15

WHAT: High speed automated ultrasonic NDT for composite

WHO: Gareth Pierce,  University of Strathclyde / Advanced Forming Research Centre (Hosted by The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing)

The ATI funded VIEWS project addresses collaborative aerospace high-value manufacturing research and development in new concepts in wing structure and manufacturing.  Work between AFRC, Strathclyde University and SPIRIT Aerosystems has developed integrated robotised ultrasonic scanning as part of a workpackage devoted to "Assembly Inspection & Quality.


Enabling Innovation

WHEN: 12.10-12.30

WHAT: Fraunhofer and Practical Open Innovation

WHO: Simon Andrews, Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd (Hosted by Knowledge Transfer Network)


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 12:15 - 12:30

WHAT: Additive Manufactured Ti Handlebar for the Tour De France

WHO: Dimitris Katsanis, Director, Metron Advanced Equipment Ltd.

Metron A.E. Ltd. designed and developed the titanium 3D Printed (Additive Manufacturing) handlebar used on the winning Pinarello bike of the 2016 Tour De France. Advanced design methods used such as CFD for aerodynamics, FEA for stress analysis and 3D CAD. The optimised shape was manufactured using an ARCAM EBM machine in titanium. The result was a component that was 18% lighter than the previous carbon and aluminium version, as well as reducing the aerodynamic drag of the bar by 44%. The original bar was subcontracted but now METRON installed its own ARCAM EBM machine and is now able to produce titanium 3D printed parts.


AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 12:15 - 12:30

WHAT: Reducing Noise and Vibration phenomena on a High Performance Automotive Powertrain, by means of a 0D/1D Torsional Vibrations Simulation Analysis

WHO: Lucas Marchesini, Business Development Manager, Engineering Services, BSIM Engineering


Automotive Engineering

WHEN: 12:30 - 12:45

WHAT: STRIVE PROJECT: Overview

WHO: Carol Holden, Chief Executive, Northern Automotive Alliance (Hosted by The Northern Automotive Alliance)


ENABLING INNOVATION

WHEN: 12:30 - 12:45

WHAT: Additive Manufacturing Opportunities and Challenges in Design

WHO: Andrew Triantaphyllou, Senior Research Engineer, Manufacturing Technology Centre

This presentation will describe Additive Manufacturing from the perspective of a designer being asked to design for the process. What are the opportunities, beyond part for part substitution? What challenges are there and how do we see them being overcome?


PERFORMANCE METALS ENGINEERING & ADVANCED ENGINEERING

WHEN: 12:30 - 13:00

WHAT: Developments in Composite Tooling for the Automotive and Aerospace Sectors

WHO: Roger Onions, Business Development Director, GTMA (Hosted by GTMA)


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 12:30 - 13:30

WHAT: Delivering the UK Composites Strategy

WHO: Alex Aucken, CLF Chair (Solvay Cytec) (Hosted by CompositesUK)


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 12:30 - 13:30

WHAT: High performance composites in aerospace

WHO: Mark Summers, ATI (Hosted by CompositesUK)


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 12:30 - 13:30

WHAT: Workforce of now and the future

WHO: Paul Shakspeare, CLF Skills working group (Hosted by CompositesUK)


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 12:30 - 13:30

WHAT: Supporting growth and demand in the industry

WHO: Andrew Dugmore, TRB/Composites UK Chair (Hosted by CompositesUK)

As the UK composites industry continues to develop and grow, Composites UK brings it together as one strong voice, showcasing what we’re good at here in the UK and working through the Composites Leadership Forum to address the gaps that we need to fill in order for the industry to take full advantage of the cross-sectoral opportunties on offer.

Having launched key initiatives such as the Health and Safety Management system and Composites Assured Practitioner scheme during 2015, in 2016 we turned our focus to bringing the UK industry together in a one-stop-shop capabilities database, the Hub. Around 1400 individual companies are listed on the Hub, each invited to complete a detailed online profile so they can be found through the front-end search facility. With over 240 detailed company profiles now completed the ball is gaining momentum as more and more companies realise they need to get involved or lose out on potential business opportunities. At the Composites Engineering Show 2016 we are launching the mapping facility which will enable users to interrogate the database to locate companies activities or market sector focus across the UK or in certain regions.


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 12:45 - 13:00

WHAT: Industry 4.0 & the Rise of Fab Labs

WHO: Adam Paigge, Founder, Supernova Labs

Covering the rise of Fab Labs, their rapid exponential growth to a global force for experimentation and innovation and the future of Makerspaces as the gap bewteen schooling and industry.


AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 12:45 - 13:00

WHAT: STRIVE PROJECT: Bentley perspective

WHO: Mark Harding, Bentley (Hosted by The Northern Automotive Alliance)

STRIVE (Simulation Tools for Rapid Innovation in Vehicle Engineering) was a 3 year RGF Grant which began in 2013.

The Project was to improve exploitation of Digital Technologies, mainly VR, within Bentley Manufacturing.

The objective of the grant was to improve the Digital Supply Chain in the NW working within a consortium of SME’s, Academia and an OEM. 
 
Based around Real Life Problems to find innovative solutions consortium working allowed SMEs access into Large OEMs to develop commercial products.


ENABLING INNOVATION

WHEN: 12:45 - 13:00

WHAT: Additive Manufacturing for Production Applications

WHO: Graham Bennett, Technologist, 3D Systems (Europe) Ltd

A great deal of work has been undertaken in the last 5 years to determine how Additive Manufacturing processes can be utilised for production applications. Issues which need to be addressed include technical issues process monitoring and stability; enhancing the speed of the processes; improving the quality of components produced, and determining the quality assurance procedures which need to be adopted for this new type of manufacturing process. This presentation indicates the progress which AM has taken towards production, and reviews the advances, and the problems yet to be overcome.


PERFORMANCE METALS ENGINEERING & ADVANCED ENGINEERING

WHEN: 13:00 - 13:30

WHAT: Global Opportunities - South Africa

WHO: David Dawson, CEO, British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa (Hosted by UK Trade & Investment)


PERFORMANCE METALS ENGINEERING & ADVANCED ENGINEERING

WHEN: 13:00 - 13:15

WHAT: Engineering, Manufacturing, Energy and CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) Opportunities in Pakistan

WHO: Malahat Awan, CEO, British Business Centre - Pakistan (Hosted by UK Trade & Investment)


AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 13:00 - 13:15

WHAT: Advanced simulation methods for light-weighting within a passenger car powertrain

WHO: David Vickerman, Consulting Engineer, GRM Consulting

With the support of Innovate UK, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are leading a 3 year collaborative research project titled ULTRAN (Ultra Lightweight TRansmission and Driveline), with the aim of developing complimentary lightweight technologies in order to provide a step-change in powertrain weight. Through the use of next generation materials, novel manufacturing processes and the latest computer-aided analysis techniques, the consortium aims to deliver an optimised passenger car powertrain which is ultra-lightweight, whilst also meeting strict stiffness, strength and NVH criteria. One of the tasks within the ULTRAN project is to explore new Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) techniques which will allow multi-disciplinary optimisation of components within the powertrain. Utilising GRM’s background in advanced simulation and optimisation, as well as the latest developments in the finite element code VR&D GENESIS, an advanced optimisation methodology was developed that allows simultaneous optimisation for stiffness, strength and NVH loadcases. VR&D Genesis offers the most complete suite of optimisation tools to the structural engineer. In recent years the topology optimisation capabilities have seen significant development which allows more complex problems to be tackled with optimisation. With the release of VR&D Genesis v14.0 (Jan 2014), support for stress constraints on the design space was added, which allowed the inclusion of strength loadcases in multi-attribute optimisation problems. This presentation will discuss the updates in VR&D GENESIS that have allowed this multi-disciplinary optimisation approach to be developed, as well as showcasing the process in action when applied specifically to components within the powertrain.


ENABLING INNOVATION

WHEN: 13:00 - 13:15

WHAT: How Process Simulation and optimisation are driving Quality and Creativity in Additive Manufacture

WHO: Laurence Marks, Managing Director, Strategic Simulation and Analysis Ltd

The twin technologies of shape optimisation and process simulation allow engineers to explore optimal component geometries and configurations, whilst assessing how buildable the real part will be. If this process simulation is linked to multiscale material modelling it is then possible to predict what has happened to the material in the build process.  This knowledge combined with the ability to consider the build process effects in the analysis of the component’s function allows designers to drive both quality and creativity.


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 13:00 - 14:00

WHAT: Technology in railway infrastructure

WHO: John Edward Hammond, Inventor, Pre Cast Advanced Track Ltd (PCAT)

The Precast Advanced Track slab (PCAT) system

The unique precast railway track slab invention known as PCAT represents a “world first” for as it is manufactured entirely from macro synthetic fibre reinforced concrete. This is patented slab structures are being developed in conjunction with Elasto Plastic Concrete (EPC) using their Barchip™ fibres, with Finite Element Modelling undertaken by JKP Static in Hungary.

In 2015 PCAT won funding for 2 desk studies from the SBRI – UKTram and the RSSB to evaluate the both Light Rail and Heavy Rail applications to evaluate the innovative slab systems for potential projects in the UK. These studies proved conclusively that  many benefits that could be gained by adopting the novel technology for both On Street and Off Street light rail projects and for heavy rail applications of track lowering and renewal.

PCAT has now been awarded further funds for laboratory testing and site trials to demonstrator the technology.

In July this year laboratory testing was completed by AECOM using the Rail Track Stiffness Tester this showed that PCAT-LRT track system even on a poor foundation has potential to deliver significant benefits compared to other slab systems.

In June this year PCAT won the “Most Innovative Product” award for excellence at the Rail LIVE 2016 show organised by the Rail Alliance.

This presentation titled Composite technology in railway infrastructure will clearly show the development taking place and how by PCAT’s concept is becoming reality which offers to provide a step change in railway infrastructure construction that’s  fit for the 21st Century.


Aerospace Engineering

WHEN: 13.15-13.30

WHAT: The changing face of Manufacturing – Again!

WHO: Dr Aiden J Lockwood. Project Manager, Integrated Manufacturing Group (Hosted by AMRC)

Aiden Lockwood will introduce the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He will also discuss current trends, drivers and challenges associated with the future of UK manufacturing and how you may leverage Industry 4.0 technologies to aid business sustainability and how IT and manufacturing sectors are colliding, resulting in a highly powerful tool to improve information sharing, production efficiency and profitability.



AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 13:15 - 13:30

WHAT: The BIG, the BAD, & the UGLY - BIG DATA Best Practices for Data Acquisition

WHO: Sinead Brady, Field Sales Engineer, National Instruments 

 

 


ENABLING INNOVATION

WHEN: 13:15 - 13:30

WHAT: Conductive and structural 3D printing for integrated high performance sensing

WHO: Dr Daniel Thomas, Research Director, 3Dynamic Systems Ltd

3D printing technology has transcended beyond simple components to now enable the fabrication of integrative conductive and structural components. This presentation will cover a range of recent innovations that have been harnessed to produce dynamic and agile components on demand focusing with the integration with aerospace structures. Here the formations and application of novel 3D printing polymers, including; conductive thermoplastic composite, carbon fibre, Titanium, Nylon, Polyetherimide systems will be demonstrated. It is shown that unmodified low-cost 3D printer systems can be used to print electronic sensors enabling sense mechanical flexing. We show how this capability can be used to produce custom sensing aerospace devices and user interface devices along with printed objects with embedded sensing capability. This advance in novel materials will offer an innovative paradigm in the 3D printing technology. Subsequently allowing for the manufacturing of systems that have inbuilt printed sensors and electronics embedded inside high performance objects in a single build process without post machining.


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 13:30 - 13:50

WHAT: Matching Material to Manufacturing – Thermoplastic Composites Join Mainstream Production

WHO: John Darlington, Head of Product Management, TenCate Advanced Materials (Hosted by NetComposites)

Optimising customer applications for thermoplastic composites requires an in-depth knowledge of ‘market-ready’ production capability. During the past 30 years, TenCate has worked tirelessly to deliver material solutions (Prepreg, UD Tape and Laminate) and understand secondary operations (welding, jointing, overmoulding), to support customer needs. Supported by a global network of customer capability, TenCate actively engage end customers to support engineering design and deliver a product that meets both the cost and production volume demands.


AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 13:30 - 14:00

WHAT: The Supply Chain and Manufacture of Electric Powertrains

WHO: Simon Barnes, Commercial Director, HSSMI (Hosted by Drive Midlands)


Aerospace Engineering

WHEN: 13:45 - 14:00

WHAT: Spaceport, Drones & Clever Wings - The future of aerospace in Wales

WHO: John Whalley, Chief Executive, Aerospace Wales Forum Ltd.


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 13:50 - 14:10

WHAT: CoFusion – The Development of an Innovative Welding Technique for Thermoplastic Composites

WHO: Sean Cooper, Senior Composites Development Engineer - AGC AeroComposites (Hosted by NetComposites)

This presentation describes a new high-rate welding process for thermoplastic composite materials.  A novel welding element and operating process has been developed where the element is pressurised between two laminate surfaces and heated to the thermoplastic processing temperature (up to 420 °C is possible).  After cooling a low porosity structural weld is formed.  Welded test coupons demonstrate that a flexural strength of 779.8 MPa can be achieved compared to only 511.9 MPa for an equivalent riveted joint.  Fatigue properties are also far superior with welded samples retaining over 95% flexural secant modulus after the completion of 100k loading cycles.


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 14:00 - 14:15

WHAT: Strain Measurement Techniques for Composites Testing

WHO: Ian McEnteggart, Composites Market Manager, Instron

This talk starts with a short introduction to composite materials; their properties and the tests used to determine their properties. The general requirements for strain measurement are discussed and the methods in common use; strain gauges, contact and non-contact extensometers are examined. Finally the use of advanced full field strain measurement techniques is explored.


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 14:00 - 14:15

WHAT: Industry 4.0 & Holistic Interconnectivity

WHO: Mark Priestley, MOM &  Industry 4.0 Consultant, ATS Global

Business digitisation, engineering to order manufacturing domains and the interconnection of business departments, devices, equipment, supply chains, sales channels and customers – connectivity between the entire business model... has arrived


AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 14:00 - 14:15

WHAT: Embracing the Connected Car with NI's Platform Based Approach

WHO: Ashish Naik, Automotive Business Development Manager, National Instruments

Sensor fusion involving multiple sensing technologies is quickly becoming the cornerstone of autonomous driving and safety systems, with RF and dynamic signals being a key technology enabler for the concept of the Connected Car and Advanced ADAS applications. This session will introduce the key measurement and target simulation techniques using the NI platform, that you can for design verification and production test to effectively validate new dynamic sensors for different ADAS applications, such as Automotive RADAR Target Simulation.


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 14:10 - 14:30

WHAT: The Evolution of Natural Fibre Thermoplastic Composites into the Market Place

WHO: Chris Hare, NetComposites (Hosted by NetComposites)

Pressure is growing for the composites industry to improve its environmental credentials via recycling and lower impact raw materials. One solution is to replace mineral fibres with bio-based fibres which has a positive impact on the carbon footprint but how much can they improve it and can they compete in the market place? In this presentation we look at the latest products reaching commercialisation.


Performance Metals Engineering / Advanced Engineering

WHEN: 14.15-14.30

WHAT: VisualFactory.net - Optmising Assembly Processes

WHO: Philip Borland, CEO, NoMuda Ltd.

How can you create a standard process for a configurable product where the process changes each time?  How can you ensure the Optimal Process is used? How can you collect measurement data in real time?  How do you ensure the information used on the shop floor is connected to Engineering Data Management? VisualFactory.net is used to provide a paperless MES for many of the world's best manufacturers.


Aerospace Engineering

WHEN: 14:15 - 14:45

WHAT: Lightweighting Excellence (LX)

WHO: Steve Hancock


Composites Engineering/ Advanced Materials

WHEN: 14:15 - 14:30

WHAT: Reducing costs and risks of surface preparation for composites

WHO: Jon-Paul Griffiths, Technology Director, Oxford Advanced Surfaces Ltd.

Jon-Paul has a PhD in organic synthesis and materials design from Nottingham Trent University and was a co-founder of Oxford Advanced Surfaces Limited (OAS) with Professor Mark Moloney at the University of Oxford. His research has led to the development of surface treatments, now branded as Onto™,  that promote the adhesion of coatings, paints and adhesives to plastic, composite and other advanced materials.  As Technology Manager he leads the team developing the Onto™ adhesion promoters that make surface preparation easier, quicker and safer.  Jon-Paul was awarded the Young Industrialist of the Year award in 2010 by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his dedication and tenacity in researching novel applications of carbene chemistry and regularly wins prizes for his presentations.


Composites Engineering / Advanced Materials

WHEN: 14.30-14.45

WHAT: Metal to Composites, In the operating theatre

WHO: Rob Neumann Moldex Composites

Moldex Composites was approached by a US based medical equipment manufacturer to conduct a study into their operation theatre equipment structure. The aim of this was to reduce costs, not normally something associated with carbon fibre structures. It was calculated that the complex metallic fabrication could be replaced by a single composite moulding. In addition this would bring benefits to the strict stiffness criteria set out by the customer. A brief overview of the design, development and manufacture of this part is presented.


Automotive Engineering

WHEN:14.30-15.00

WHAT: An introduction to innovation for UK automotive

WHO: Luke Hampton, Senior Supply Chain Manager, SMMT & David Harris, Patent Attorney and Partner, Barker and Brettell (Hosted by Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders)

 

 


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 14:30 - 15:30

WHAT: ThermoCARB: A UK capability in the production of overmoulding thermoplastic composite components for the automotive sector

WHO: Matt Sellens, Business Development Manager, Formaplex (Hosted by Composites Innovation Cluster)

ThermoCARB served to prove a UK capability in the production of overmoulding thermoplastic composite components for the automotive sector. The project established a production process and cell at Formaplex to manufacture a thermoplastic composite rear bulkhead component. This process was not believed to be available in the UK so by establishing and proving the capability, Formaplex increased UK technological and commercial competitiveness whilst providing a UK supply source for over-moulded thermoplastic composite automotive components.


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 14:30 - 15:30

WHAT: THERMOCOMP: Stimulating the UK supply chain for high performance thermoplastic composites

WHO: Anthony Abbott, Technical Fibre Products (Hosted by CompositesUK)


COMPOSITES ENGINEERING

WHEN: 14:30 - 15:30

WHAT: Far-MFD: Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

WHO: Lyndon Sanders, Far Composites (Hosted by CompositesUK)

A review of the progress made establishing a manufacturing demonstration facility and the opportunities it presents for new composite technologies, especially in the automotive industry.


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 14:45 - 15:00

WHAT: Modernising Composite Regulations

WHO: Simon Quinn, Director - Research Institute for Industry (RIfI)

Composite materials offer many opportunities and freedom in design, but unfortunately the use of composites in new sectors and novel design approaches is often restricted by the regulations, codes and standards. There is therefore a clear need for a harmonised, cross-sectoral regulatory framework for composite materials. A team has been formed at the University of Southampton to consider this issue in depth, by consulting key industrial players and regulators, and reporting the findings to BEIS. The limitations of the current regulatory framework will be highlighted in this presentation, together with the issues and emergent proposals for improvement.


Composites Engineering & Advanced Materials

WHEN: 15:00 - 15:15

WHAT: Context Aware Computing leverages the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to create a rich digital context and push the productivity envelope in composites part

WHO: Clive Chitiz, VP Business Development, Plataine Technologies

Composite component fabrication requires real-time decisions based on a long and growing list of variables and constraints. As production volumes and complexity increase, suppliers are faced with more unforeseen problems, and have less time and ability to make optimized decisions. Theory and practice show, that the more variables considered in solving a problem, the better the potential result. However, in attempts to consider the ‘big picture’, human beings reach their limit at some point, and resort to solving only parts of the challenge, with or without a software designed to address that sub-problem. Currently, integrating this vast and diverse amount of data into a global view of the process is very difficult; typically each data set is analyzed in its own software package, limiting the ability to integrate the multiple data types and detect inefficiencies and process issues that might trigger production delays. Integrating Intelligent, context-aware software, based on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) represents dramatic opportunities as new sensor technologies collect vast amounts of data in real time, creating a rich digital context that starts with design engineers and is continuously built through the entire lifecycle of the product. This ‘digital thread’ weaves a single integrated stream of digital data that makes information from the entire life cycle available and visible to all stakeholders. This would include – among other information - asset location (including pre-preg rolls, kits and assemblies), assets’ status and availability (including tools, machines, autoclaves and personnel), exposure time information of parts, kits and assemblies, as well as full genealogical information for each asset or resource, from the moment it was first created, throughout production and beyond into MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul).


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 15:00 - 15:30

WHAT: Optical Non Destructive Testing – using Laser inspection to determine defects and residual life in a structure

WHO: Prof. John Tyrer, Professor of Optical Instrumentation, Loughborough University (Hosted by The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing)

Laser techniques allow an advanced form of non-destructive testing (ndt) to be utilised, this approach is known as active ndt and enables the whole object or component to be put under a very light load which simulates what the component might be doing in service. The instruments allow the entire object performance to be visualised in real time and the data generated can be used as a quantitative basis for seeing if any defects are present and how severe they are, allowing the user to determine a repair/maintenance strategy to be developed


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 15:30 - 15:45

WHAT: Creative online marketing for the engineering and manufacturing sectors

WHO: Nick Evans, Technical Director, ExtraMile Communications Ltd.

Online marketing does not have to be dull, even in manufacturing and industrial sectors. Talking to your customers, prospects, suppliers and distributors in this country and others should be an exciting and engaging activity that produces real bottom-line results. Driving new visitors to your website and reminding your existing customers that you are still in business is an important part of building and maintaining brand awareness and promoting new sales activity. This session will look at how you make the most of your website, how social media is not just for kids, how email marketing is still the primary medium for building engagement online and how techniques of Search Engine Optimisation can really make a difference to your web traffic. It will also touch on the important topic of multilingual communications - a vital factor in the marketing portfolio of any company wishing to export. The session will be of interest to business owners, marketing directors and managers and anyone who wants to grow their business.


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

WHEN: 15:45 - 16:00

WHAT: Show Me the Money! 80% of eligible Engineering companies miss out on tens of thousands of Government funding pa

WHO: Annie Hunter, Director, How 2 Business Solutions Ltd

This informative talk gives valuable, practical & unbiased guidance on a range of available funding and financing streams for the engineering industry. Content: Much of the work a company or individual undertakes to establish, develop & grow a business may qualify for significant & timely Govt. cash injections or tax credits/relief. Yet 90% of eligible businesses miss out on tens of thousands of pounds of funding pa because they have limited awareness of or erroneously do not believe they qualify. Nor are they necessarily aware of the increasing breadth of alternative sources of financing now available & which is optimal for them. Show me the Money! Informs on available Govt. business incentive schemes that can typically inject £165K of free business cash, within a month from scheme claim submission and every forward year of qualifying activity, plus a range of other available financing & grant sources to enable companies to identify the optimal funding route to support continuous innovation, competitive advantage  and deliver sustained, profitable business growth. Who should attend? Company MDs, FDs, Technical/Engineering & Senior managers in manufacturing, engineering or IT / systems sectors carrying out product, material, process systems or research activities. Direct relevance: A breadth of Engineering Industry company case studies from strategic partner Composites UK & Supporting Association member companies will be used, enabling attendees to understand the direct practical relevance & potential £ benefit to their business. Credentials: GGTC as part of the BA Group have long standing preferred supplier relationships with a number of the exhibitions Strategic Partners and Supporting Associations such as Composites UK, GTMA, BPF, RAPRA and MEPCA; presenting at member events, contributing articles & successfully enabling hundreds of their members to annually benefit under the R&D Tax Credit, Capital Allowance & Patent Box schemes.