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Composites Today: New Technologies, Market Advances, Additive Manufacturing & Recycling Applications
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Composites Today: New Technologies, Market Advances, Additive Manufacturing & Recycling Applications

Workshop Syllabus

Day 1

Day 2

·       Introduction

o    Who are the attendees? Who is the Instructor?

o    What is SAMPE – and other organizations?

·       Keynote Address Dr. Helen Wang of Arkema, Inc., a leader in Thermoplastic Composites in automotive and aerospace applications, will discuss new advances for automotive applications.

·       Composites “Market” – What does it entail?

o    What are the major markets?

§  Aerospace & Defense

§  Commercial & Industrial

§  Consumer

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

·       Special Luncheon SpeakerUday Vaidya, IACMI

·       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 – Keith Graham, Carbon Conversions, Inc. (“Carbon Fiber Recycling: Closing the Loop Today and Tomorrow”)

·       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:


§  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


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