16 December 2007
16 December 2007
The UK and Ireland Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), in collaboration with the British Composites Society, held their Annual Student Seminar on Thursday 29 November 2007 at IOM3 HQ in London.
Eleven students representing seven universities took part. Each gave an interesting well-presented talk on their respective research project leaving the judges with a difficult decision on who to put forward for the next round in Europe. The presentations ranged from the auxetic behaviour of compacted materials, silkworm cocoons and open cell foams, through bio-resorbable composites and carbon nanotubes to process- and health-monitoring of composites and self-healing materials.
Two students were selected to go forward to the European Student Seminar (prior to and during the SAMPE Conference/JEC Exhibition) to be held in Paris during March/April 2008 - Sang Nguyen (Imperial College London) who presented ‘Runway debris lofting mechanisms and impact on aircraft structures’ and Tim Swait (University of Sheffield) who presented ‘Optimisation of interfacial properties for tensile strength’.
The judges were Sue Panteny (Materials in Transport), Geoff Gould (Surface Transforms plc), Roy McCarthy (a director of SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter) and John Summerscales (University of Plymouth).
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.