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Live Floor Demonstrations Added to SAMPE 2003

01 March 2003

Several Live Floor Demonstrations in the Exhibition area will be featured at SAMPE at the Long Beach Convention Center in California.

The initial lineup for floor demonstrations currently includes the National Composites Center (NCC) and Why Not Composites. Several others are being considered because of the strong interest in live demonstrations on the Exhibition floor during the normal exhibit hours. National Composites Center (NCC) has been very active in the civil engineering and infrastructure areas. They are particularly well known for their work with respect to composite bridge deck structures. With Federal studies indicating that 30-40 percent of US roadway bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, there is a growing need for efficient bridge replacement, repair, retrofit, or total redesign. Composite FRP bridge deck and bridge structures have been developed by NCC.

NCC will demonstrate the assembly of their latest FRB bridge deck sections and girder systems on the SAMPE 2003 Exhibition floor. The composite FRP bridge decks will be demonstrated and the assembly process repeated several times during SAMPE 2003. Video presentations of field installation and various bridge site installations will also add to the demonstrations.

Why Not Composites, known for the development of closed molding resin infusion processes, will demonstrate their Channel-Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (CARTM™) process. Because resin infusion process interest permeates SAMPE 2003 (tutorials, preforms sessions, resin infusion process sessions, etc.), the CARTM™ demonstrations will appeal to the show attendees. The process demonstrations will be per-formed repeatedly during the Exhibition to demonstrate the simplicity of the technology. The process is capable of infusing large structures and is suitable for repetitive part production runs.

Other SAMPE 2003 live floor demonstrations are also being pursued and their status will be updated at a later time.