Composites Engineering forum

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Seminar programme

Take a look at the free-to-attend Composites Engineering forum, including topics such as, Future of the Industry; Next Generation Materials; NDE and Repair, Fire Performance.

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Wednesday 30 October

09:55 - 10:15

Innovation case studies

Enhancing the Analysis of Layered Composite Materials with Simulation

Zhaoying Li, Applications Engineer, COMSOL

Embracing the composite sample/specimen cutting challenge

Jon Small, Sales & Marketing Manager, Sharp and Tappin

Advanced bonded fixings for use in composites

Thomas Wood, Managing Director, Adhesion Technologies

Compression Moulding, The Next Step In Composite Manufacturing

John Lutton, Sales & Marketing Manager, Creative Composites


10:15 - 10:30

Cold Spray of advanced materials

Cold Spray of advanced materials: bulk additive manufacturing

Professor Rocco Lupoi, Trinity College, Dublin


10:30 - 11:30

Composites 4.0

Design principles and goals of Composites 4.0

Sami Daouk, Business Development Manager, e-Xstream

How the discretization of fiber lay-up enables self-corrective process control

Naven Majic, Executive VP, Cevotec GmBH

Robust AI-assisted design of lightweight composite components

Andre Wilmes, CEO, Rafinex Ltd

Demystifying Composites 4.0

Marc Funnell, Head of Digital, NCC


11:30 - 12:30

Fire performance

New Crestafire®FST Systems and Crestapol® Resins for Rail Applications

Sergio Velosa, Processing Technology Manager, Scott Bader

Saertex Leo Series

Laurent Nicolas, Sales Manager and Market Specialist FST, Cristex

Ultra low heat release prepregs for mass transport applications

Gareth Davies, Commercial Manager, Composites Evolution Ltd

Making light weight of fire

Simon Price, Managing Director/CEO, CFP Composites

The burning question of composites

Dr Andrew Limmack, Deputy Chief Engineer, Aerospace & Defence, NCC

12:30 - 13:00


Future of the UK composites industry

Ken Smart, Executive Director – Business Strategy / CLF Chair, McLaren Automotive Ltd


13:00 - 14:00

Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub

Overview of the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub

Prof Nick Warrior, Hub Director, University of Nottingham

Composites Research Challenge Landscape

Dr Richard Gravelle, Research & Business Development Manager, University of Nottingham

Technologies framework for Automated Dry Fibre Placement

Dr Anthony Evans, Research Fellow, University of Nottingham

Manufacturing for structural applications of multifunctional composites

Dr David Anthony, Research Technician, Imperial College, London

Active control of the RTM process under uncertainty using fast algorithms

Dr Andreas Endruweit, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham

Controlled micro integration of through thickness polymeric yarns

Dr Ed Archer, Senior Lecturer, Ulster University

An innovative approach to manufacturing closed-section composite profiles

Dr Shuai Chen, Research Fellow, University of Nottingham

Virtual un-manufacturing of fibre-steered preforms for complex geometries

Dr Jonathan Belnoue, Research Fellow, University of Bristol


14:00 - 15:00

Composites UK Innovation Awards

New Resins to Make Composites Easier, Greener and Safer to Use

Paul Spencer, Product Development Manager, Gurit UK

Interlaminar Facture Toughness of Composite Structures

Adam Black, Business Developement Manager, Technical Fibre Products Ltd

Thermoplastic Overmoulding for Automotive Applications – A Case Study

Alasdari Ryder, Special Projects Engineer, Surface Generation Ltd

Unlocking the Potential of Yarn Splicing in the Composites Supply Chain

Graham Waters, Airbond M.D., GTW Developments Group Ltd

How to Save £1m/10km in Rail Electrification

Mike Orange, Founder/Director, Cecence

Unlocking the Power of Composites for GRP End of Platform Gates and Fencing in the Rail Industry

Jonathon Howard, GRP Business Development Management, Dura Composites

15:00 - 16:00

Training Session

Introduction to composites

Ben Hargreaves, Managing Director, Coventive Composites


Thursday 31 October

09:30 - 10:00

Commercialising Graphene

Emerging Pathway to Bulk Industrial Graphene: Composites to Coatings

Karanveer Aneja, Senior Scientist – Product Development, Talga Technologies Ltd

Graphene filter, turns seawater into drinkable water using active carbon and graphene oxide membrane

Chris Rooney, Innovator, ROONTECH


10:00 - 11:00

Tooling for composites

Efficient, environmentally friendly, and safe cleaning of tooling for composite components

Richard Starkey, Industry Manager, Aviation, Safechem Europe GmBH

Rapid tool and process development

Ian Cowley, Director/Technical Consultant, Engineering and Beyond Ltd

Smart Tooling – An elegant solution for manufacturing unitized, co-cured composite structures

Craig Jennings, President & CEO, Smart Tooling div. of Spintech, LLC

What is AI and where are the applications in tooling for composites parts?

Adam Lofts, CTO, Mouldbox


11:00 - 12:00

Next Generation composite materials

Composites & Sustainability: discovering the potential of INEOS recycled PET based resins

Alfredo Ayza, EMEA Product Manager, Unsaturated Poly Resins, INEOS Composites

A Reach into the Green future of advanced resin chemistry

Dominic Hopwood, Resin Sales Manager, Bitrez

Performance of novel thin ply carbon fibre composites

Rebecca Blow, Materials Engineer, R-Tech Services

Novel Composite Materials and Processes for the Marine Energy Sector

Dr Edward McCarthy, Lecturer in Composites Design and Testing, University of Edinburgh


12:00 - 13:00

Composites in the circular economy - debate session

How can Industry 4.0 enable us to be more sustainable as an Industry

Joe Summers, Airborne

Eliminating waste by moving to netshape manufacturing

Ben Andrews, Technical Services Engineer, ELG


Martin Wright, Polynt Composites

Paul Spencer, Gurit UK

13:00 - 14:00

Maintaining UK competitiveness

Brexit - What we know and the implications

Tim Figures, Director of Industrial Sectors, Technology and Innovation, Make UK, the Manufacturers’ Organisation

Supporting infrastructure for the sector

Faye Smith, Vice-Chair, Composites UK

Brexit and the UK Composite Supply Chain

Martin Wright, Chair - Composites UK, Polynt Composites

Developing a home-grown workforce

Katy Riddington, Director - NCC Connect, National Composites Centre

Increasing UK Competitiveness by enhancing the composites materials regulatory infrastructure

Stefanos Giannis, Principal Research Scientist, Advanced Material Characterisation, National Physical Laboratory


14:00 - 15:00

NDE and Repair of Composites

Fibre-Optic Sensors the Complete Solution for NDT, Structural Health and In-Service Monitoring of Composite Structures

Robert Knapp, Director, Epilson Optics

DRS Inspection of Engineered Composite Repairs – At Installation and In-Service

Dr Mark Stone, Integrity Support Services Manager, Sonomatic

Importance of high quality testing of composite materials

Geraint Havard, Composites Manager, R-Tech Materials

Non-Destructive Testing: A benefit rather than a burden?

Rob Rose, Engineering Capability Lead Non-Destructive Testing, National Composites Centre