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SAMPE UK Technical Conference Programme Takes Shape

13 January 2006

The sixth annual SAMPE UK & Ireland Technical Conference will take place at Cranfield University on 23 February 2006.

The theme of the Conference is Advanced Lightweight Structures and Conference organiser Andrew Mills is delighted with the level of interest generated so far. “The high performance car, commercial aircraft and wind energy sectors have all experienced rapid innovation over the past year, through the use of new composite materials and processing techniques,” comments Mills. “SAMPE UK has organised this one- day seminar to disseminate and discuss progress in these areas, which are important both in terms of the technological advances and the commercial potential they represent.

The event is supported by Nottingham University Composites Club, Cranfield University - Centre for Lightweight Composites and the National Composites Network. The conference comprises an exciting programme of presentations focused on novel materials and processing solutions for performance cars, Airbus and wind turbines,” Mills continues. “There are three specialist sessions each with invited speakers, all experts in their fields, from companies and organisations making major contributions to the technical progression and commercial exploitation of composites in these sectors. Don’t miss it!”

The provisional programme is:

• Affordable CFC Structures for the Mercedes McLaren SLR, Rob Backhouse, McLaren Automotive
• Metal with the Dark Side, Anthony Dodworth, Bentley Motors Ltd
• CFC Space Frame for the Caterham 7, Cranfield University CLC
• Advances in High Speed CF Pre-forming for Volume Car Bodies, Nick Warrior, Nottingham University
• Airbus A350 Composites Technology, Turlough McMahon, Airbus UK
• Manufacture of a Composite Truss Structure, Jago Pridie, Airbus UK
• VESTAS Wind Turbine Blade Technology, John Rimmer, VESTAS UK

SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter Chairman Andrew Long is enthusiastic about the exciting event in prospect: “In collaboration with NUCC we are very good at organising events like this which are informative, relevant and very good value. We are being supported by the NCN and we are also very fortunate to have obtained sponsorship from Saint Gobain to cover some of the organisational costs involved. I am confident that it will have wide appeal and urge everyone to register early to make sure of attending.”

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