o Who are the attendees? Who is the Instructor?
o What is SAMPE – and other organizations?
· Keynote Address – Chris Ridgard, Cytec/Solvay Group (“"Out-of-Autoclave (OOA) Composite Structures - An Overview of the Technology, the Achievements and the Potential")
· Composites “Market” – What does it entail?
o What are the major markets?
§ Aerospace & Defense
§ Commercial & Industrial
o What does each market segment cover?
o Differences in approaches in each market segment
o Discussion of high production volume vs. high-performance but low production numbers
o How does tooling support each market?
o Where are the growth areas? (Aerospace, automotive, energy and alternative energy, infrastructure, upcoming areas …)
o What does the future look like in each?
o Carbon fiber vs. glass and other systems in the marketplace
o Cost factors associated with various manufacturing approaches
· Additive Manufacturing Overview – A Status & Challenge
o What processes currently exist?
o What material families are being used?
o What things can be made and what are useful to the composites industry?
o What are the key groups involved?
o Where are the current challenges in AM applications and “unknowns”?
· Manufacturing – “Traditional FRP” Methods Available
o FRP vs. Advanced Composites – overview of the essential differences
o Both “high tech” and “low tech” processing technologies – across numerous markets!
o Process technologies – contact molding, filament winding, pultrusion, chop & spray, SMC, BMC, compression molding
o Process overviews – and – applications coverage with numerous examples
o Thermoset and thermoplastic resins
o Typical fiber types and reinforcements
· Manufacturing – Introduction to Vacuum Bagging, Hand Layup and Out-of-Autoclave (OOA) Aspects
o Coverage of vacuum bagging and hand layup
o What is the process – and the variables?
o Bagging materials and configurations?
o Debulking aspects – and why important
o Resin systems typically used as prepregs (or wet layup bagging)? Prepreg methods and differences
o Fiber forms and developments recently seen
o Out-of-autoclave? Where is the fit without autoclaves?
o OOA – What have been the development trends in past 10+ years?
· DAY One – Summary, Wrap-up, Questions
· Keynote Address – Dr. Per Mårtensson, Volvo Car Group/Sweden (“Automotive Structural Lightweighting: Using Composites and Other Materials”)
· Recycling Technology – Expanding Market Segment
o What does this market look like? Is it growing?
o What is the difference between “virgin” materials and others?
o What are the current recycling processes?
o Where are the applications for recycled materials?
· Manufacturing – High Volume, Rapid Production Market Growth Technologies
o Automotive composites market growth – key technology needs discussed
o The resins and fiber reinforcements are different – but where are they different?
§ Resin families and types used
§ Thermosets vs. Thermoplastics
§ “Rapid cure” and “snap-cure” systems
§ Work on reducing “cure cycle times”
o Fiber reinforcement forms and issues:
§ Differences from traditional “aerospace”
§ Fiber types, fiber lengths and forms
§ Glass- vs. Carbon-fiber materials
§ Alternative carbon fiber properties
o Manufacturing methods ARE different:
§ HP-RTM, HP-CRTM and T-RTM
§ GMT, LFT and numerous others
§ “Over-molding”,” Surface-molding”
§ Equipment needs as well as material developments
o Design & analysis approaches and challenge areas
o Numerous applications
· Manufacturing – Resin Infusion and Liquid Molding Processes
o How do the terminologies differ internationally?
o How do they vary with market segments as well
o What has changed with this technology over last 25+ years?
o Coverage of RTM, VARTM, SCRIMP and VIP
o Coverage of RFI and SQRTM
o Comparison of the above methods, where they fit into the industries and markets – numerous examples … plus some variants (like TERTM, RARTM, VAP, Lite RTM, CAPRI, etc.)
· Manufacturing – Automated Tape Laying, Fiber Placement and Robotics – the growth areas!
o What is the history of growth in these technologies?
o ATL, AFP, ATP and Robotics – what are these processes?
o Thermoset and thermoplastic resins used in these products
o Typical fiber types and reinforcement forms required
o Manufacturing with fiber placement – advances in technology – why this is important today
o Numerous applications discussed
o Growth toward machines and equipment with robotics increasing
· DAY Two – Summary, Wrap-up, Questions