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Workshop on new modelling strategies of damage and failure of composite structures

France, Toulouse

Mission and Purpose
The workshop will be devoted to recent advances in the modelling of damage in composite structures. The most up-to-date methods and their experimental validations will be presented by a panel of distinguished scientists from the USA, Australia and the European Union. Predictive tools will be shown.
These approaches will be balanced by presentations from senior experts and leaders of the aerospace industry.
The objective of this workshop is to foster exchanges in the specialized field of failure and damage modelling for composite structures. The originality of the meeting will be to take advantage of the informal workshop environment to facilitate open and focused presentations, discussions and exchanges for the benefit of all attendees. Advances are expected, in particular, from the exchange between the high-level specialists themselves, between academia and industry, and between experimental and theoretical approaches. So, are we near a breakthrough on composite sizing?

The workshop will consist of a Speaker Programme with presentations and panel discussions. The Speaker Programme will be organized in a number of focused topical sessions, where each speaker will have 30 minutes to present her or his topic. At the end of each session, a panel discussion is scheduled for a question and answer period. About 20 technical presentations, organized in sessions by theme, will be scheduled. To ensure good interactions, the number of participants will be limited to 80. A mix of presentations from industry and academia is proposed. A visit of the new ICA building is planned for the participants during the workshop. A dinner is also scheduled in one of the best restaurants of Toulouse.

The workshop will be organized by the “Institut Clément Ader” (ICA). The Institute was created recently (June 2009) and groups together the mechanical engineering research teams of the Midi-Pyrenees region.

The "Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace" (ISAE) was created in 2007 from a merger of two prestigious French "Grandes Ecoles": SUPAERO (1909) and ENSICA (1945). ISAE is, today, a world reference in aerospace higher education and research. ICA and ISAE form part of the University of Toulouse, situated in south-west France on the banks of the River Garonne, 590 km from Paris and half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Toulouse’s world renowned university is one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1229) and, with more than 97,000 students, is the third largest university campus of France after Paris and Lyon. Toulouse is one of the bases of the European aerospace industry, with the headquarters of Airbus and the final assembly lines of the A320, A330, A350 and A380 at present. It was the birthplace of famous aircraft manufacturers like Latecoere in the 1930s and aircraft of legend like the Concorde. CNES's Toulouse Space Centre (CST), the largest space centre in Europe, Thales Alenia Space, Europe's largest satellite manufacturer, and Astrium Satellites, EADS's satellite system subsidiary, also have a significant presence in Toulouse.

This event will take place from June 30th to July 1st 2014, in Toulouse, France.