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Building on Composites Knowledge at Composites Engineering 2010

20 August 2010

At the new Composites Engineering Show a focused session will be held highlighting the use and opportunities for composites within the construction industry, on Thursday 30th September.

Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have been used in the construction industry for over 50 years, and new developments in design methods, source materials and processing techniques now allow FRP composites to provide even greater potential for use in the construction of civil engineering works such as buildings, bridges and tunnels.

As Dr Deborah Pullen, Director of Knowledge Exploitation and the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network (MBEKTN), explains: “This session has been drawn together to provide an overview of the current status and highlight new business opportunities. These opportunities are open to any businesses in the composites supply chain wishing to expand their current customer portfolio, as well as those businesses looking to break into this advanced area.”

Managing director of Optima Projects, David Kendall, will open the session by providing an overview of the status of the current marketplace, giving examples of the breadth of construction applications already being effectively utilised, from niche fully structural road bridges to high volume secondary structures such as facias, canopies and decking.

Mark Hobbs, one of Gurit’s Senior Composites Engineers, will talk about the diversity of benefits offered by composites, from their classic high stiffness-to-weight ratio, their flexibility in forming irregular shapes and varying sections or detail features and the ability to manufacture on or off-site. This allows an architect significantly more design freedom than with other materials and offers other economic and logistical benefits for their use.

Finally Bartosz Weclawski, a senior researcher at Brunel University, will talk about his work in developing and evaluating a range of bio-composite systems, an emerging materials group which will offer more sustainable materials sources for the future.

Sue Halliwell from the Network Group for Composites in Construction (NGCC) will close the session by highlighting the work and benefits in joining this well-established network specifically focused on the construction sector.

This session is organised by NGCC and the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network

Running in parallel to the integrated show areas, visitors will have free access to the Open Technology Forum as well as a focused Composites Industry Sector Briefing, hosted by CompositesUK and held on the afternoon of the first day.






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