16 December 2005
16 December 2005
The UK and Ireland Chapter of the SAMPE, in collaboration with the Composites Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), held their Annual Student Seminar in London recently.
Commenting afterwards the SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter Student Coordinator, Dr John Summerscales of ACMC, University of Plymouth, expressed great satisfaction with another successful event: “Eight students representing six universities took part. Each gave an interesting well-presented talk on their respective research project. The presentations ranged from nanomaterials, through composites and bone cements, to Comeld joints. Two students were selected to go forward to the European Student Seminar (prior to and during the SAMPE/JEC Conference to be held in Paris during 27-30 March 2006). They were Zhujuan Wang from the Department of Materials at Queen Mary University of London who presented ‘Highly oriented nanocomposite fibres’ and Andrew Lamb from the School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science (SIMS) at Cranfield University who presented ‘An investigation into the energy absorbing properties of composite materials used in Formula-1 structure’. The third place (reserve for the Paris meeting) was awarded to Polly Sinnett-Jones (Bioengineering Sciences Research Group, University of Southampton) who presented ‘Fatigue life enhancement of carbon nanotube-based bone cements’.
“As always the judges had a tough job in choosing just two winners from such a high quality field. The range of topics presented was wide and varied illustrating the strength and depth of M&P research in the Chapter area. I am grateful to the IOM3 for the provision of the venue and facilities. The judges were Andrew Long (University of Nottingham), Denis Cartié (Cranfield University), Emile Greenhalgh (Imperial College), Geoff Gould (Surface Transforms plc), Roy McCarthy (Dowty Propellers) and John Summerscales (University of Plymouth).”
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