Nowadays, being environmentally conscious is no longer a suggestion but a requirement. Governmental legislations are increasing in order to gain better control over which products are manufactured in a wide range of products. Composite materials in particular, have for a while now been encouraged to go “green” by developing the use of natural fibers, cleaner resins and recycling opportunities.
With speakers from Ashland, Cobra International, Ecole des Mines d’Albi and Solvay.
As the use of composite materials becomes more widespread in every major industry, the need for efficient and well-adapted simulation tools has equally grown. Indispensable for behavioral predictions thanks to the structural analysis and optimization they provide, software tools provide reliable and premanufacturing solutions in design.
Along these lines, the pressure of productivity rates and mass production has brought an increase in the use of flexible robotics which will be delved into during this session.
With speakers from TUM Asia and their partners including Duo Machinery Equipment
Thanks to their high strength and lightweight properties, composite materials are becoming increasingly widespread in the aerospace industry. Light-weighting is a particularly important challenge for the industry, as it allows for fuel reductions, but it is a difficult one as aeronautical parts possess stringent quality requirements. Other major current challenges for this industry when it comes to composite materials include: reduced assembly time and maintenance, and greater impact resistance in airframes.
With speakers from Chomarat, Republic Polytechnic and Surface generation
High-speed production is one of the biggest challenges of the automotive industry when it comes to composite materials, notably in order to achieve cost parity with metal equivalents. Thanks to process innovations and adapted epoxy resins, cycle-times for high-performance structural parts have already been significantly reduced during these last few years, but the incentive to lower them even more and thus attain the crucial one-minute cycle time.
With speakers from Hanyang University, RWTH Aachen and Lamborghini
Over the years, these types of vessels, which hold liquids and gases under pressure, have been through different stages: from all-metal to metal or plastic lined composite tanks, and finally to a linerless tank.
These high-pressure storage tanks are one of the fastest growing market for advanced composites and this session will focus both on market trends and the latest innovations.
With speakers from Ashland, Connectra and Gruntech Polymers.