Out of Autoclave Processing of Composites Conference

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Titanic Belfast

1 Olympic Way

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Out-of-Autoclave (OOA) processing of composites has come a long way since its humble origins.

The automotive sector is looking to processes such as high pressure RTM and press forming to give the required rate and quality of finished component whilst the aerospace sector is using resin infusion under flexible tooling to produce primary structure.

This event will give industry and researchers the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges in OOA processes for manufacture of composite parts. The programme is now available and includes themes on flow processes, materials, preforming, manufacturing and novel heating methods.

Building on the successful “Joining of Composites” Event which took place earlier this year, The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is again working in partnership with the Irish Composites Centre (IComp) to bring you this cross-border event.


09:30 – 10:00: Registration and coffees

10:00: Welcome and Introduction

10:10: Keynote: Out-of-Autoclave Technologies for High Volume Applications - Peter Quigley, CCP Gransden

Flow Processes Theme

10:25 – 10:40: Taking the high energy demand Out of Autoclave Processing of Composites - John Summerscales, University of Plymouth

10:40 – 10:55: Advancement in Resin Infusion Technology For Manufacture of High Quality Aerospace Components & Future Automation - Will Harris, Composite Integration

10:55 – 11:10: Commercial Manufacture of Low Cost Advanced Thermoplastic Composites - Saul Buchanan, Juno Composites Ltd

11:10 – 11:25: Process monitoring for resin transfer moulding - Jasmin Stein, TWI

11:25 – 11:45: Break

Materials Theme

11:45 – 12:00: Next Generation Out of Autoclave Prepregs for High Volume, High Tg Applications - Jed Illsley, TENCATE

12:00 – 12:15: Moving to thermoplastic composites for automotive structural parts - Virginia BOZSAK, ARKEMA

12:15 – 12:30: An Investigation of the Impact of a Thermoplastic Toughening Interlayer on an Infusion Manufacturing Process - Niamh Nash, Irish Composites Centre (IComp)

12:30 – 12:45: Direct forming of powder-impregnated thermoplastic composites: experimental characterisation and modelling of the shear behaviour - Théo BAUMARD, Queen’s University Belfast

12:45 – 13:00: Fully recyclable epoxy based composite for out of autoclave processing - Gianluca Cicala, University of Catania

13:00 – 13:15: Novel Epoxy Powder Composites for Out-of-Autoclave Manufacturing of Large Structures - Conchur Ó Brádaigh, University of Edinburgh

13:15 – 14:00: Lunch


14:00 – 14:15: Rapid and low-cost manufacturing insights from ShapeTex technology - Glen Pascoe, Shape Machining Ltd

14:15 – 14:30: 3D Woven Preforms for High-Pressure Resin Transfer Moulding - Hassan El-Dessouky, AMRC

14:30 – 14:45: Automated Preforming using Braiding Techniques - Brendan Kirwan, Burgmann Packings

14:45 – 15:00: Preforming and the HP-RTM process: Attitudes and Challenges - Lewis Munshi, University of Bristol

15:00 – 15:15: 3D Woven Composite Development through Industrial Concurrent Approach - Alistair McIlhagger, Ulster University

15:15 – 15:30: Break

Manufacturing Theme

15:30 – 15:45: Out-of-autoclave consolidation and assembly of aerospace structures - Michael Flanagan, ÉireComposites Teo

15:45 – 16:00: Manufacturing Composite Materials - Michael Collins, Penso

Novel Heating Methods Theme

16:00 – 16:15: Out of Autoclave Composites Processing Using Infrared - Peter Marshall & Findhan Strain, Ceramicx & Comeragh Composites

16:15 – 16:30: Rapid processing of thermoplastic composites using Smart susceptors - Ananda Roy, Irish Composites Centre (IComp)

16:30 – 16:45: Microwave Curing of Composites - Betime Nuhiji, AMRC

16:45 – 17:00: Closing Remarks

17:00: End

Information on Posters coming soon.

Programme subject to change

For information on local accommodation visit http://titanicbelfast.com/Visitor-Info.aspx.

Discounted delegate rate at £99* B&B at Titanic Hotel Belfast: email rebeccapreece@titanicbelfast.com

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