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Fibre Developments for Biocomposite Materials

United Kingdom, Bristol

A Composites UK Biocomposites Sub-Group Event
There is considerable renewed interest in natural-fibre composites due to recent advances in the technical performance of the materials, enabling them to be considered for mainline applications.  Development of novel fibres, fibre blends, fibre treatments and functional additives e.g. for fire or weather protection has improved in-service performance and in some cases reduced final component costs.


This event will bring together researchers, material suppliers and end users, encouraging discussion as to what further development and support is needed to highlight the use of biocomposite materials in mainline applications.


09:30 Registration
10:15 Welcome and Introduction

10:20 National Composites Centre, an Introduction - Presenter TBC
10:40 Fibres from Biobased Polymers: Past, Present, and Future
Jeff Dugan, Fiber Innovation Technology
11:00 Bio-Sourced, Fast-Curing, Structural Composites for Automotive and Aircraft Applications
William Anthony, EcoTechnilin

11:20 Break

11:50 Bio-Derived Sheet and Dough Moulding Compounds
Luke Savage, University of Exeter
12:10 Manufacturing of Regenerated Cellulose Fibres using Ionic Liquid as a Benign Solvent for Potential Applications in Renewable Composites
Chenchen Zhu, ACCIS, University of Bristol
12:30 Influence of Fibre Aspect Ratio on the Low-Velocity Impact Characteristics of Hemp Fibre Reinforced PCL Biocomposites
Hom Dhakal, University of Portsmouth

12:50 Lunch

13:50 Natural Fibre and Biodegradable Composites: From Interfaces to Prototypes
Hannah Tew, AMRC
14:10 Out of Niche Markets and into the Main Stream: Challenges for Natural-Fibre Materials in the Construction Sector 
Ceri Loxton, The Biocomposites Centre, Bangor University

14:30 Discussion time

15:00 Tour of the National Composites Centre (UK delegates only, optional but pre-registration essential).

16:00 Close

The event will take place on 17th February 2015, at the National Composites Centre, Bristol, UK.