02 June 2011
02 June 2011
SAMPE 2011 closed last week having seen the largest attendance records yet.
The conference, held in California, attracted 106 new exhibiting companies, with 356 total exhibitors representing 555 companies. Alongside the exposition, over 250 technical presentations and eight tutorials were presented at the conference. In total 7,121 delegates attended the conference and exhibition from 28 countries.
""Exhibiting at SAMPE 2011 helps companies that want to grow and succeed in the M&P community,"" Dr. Allan Crasto, Associate Director at UDRI Dayton, Ohio and SAMPE international president said. ""We attract a group of advanced M&P vendors, suppliers and professionals that span the technology spectrum from basic to applied and which can’t be found anywhere else.""
The SAMPE 2011 Conference featured over 250 presentations from practitioners and researchers from within the M&P community. “Changes in technology are growing exponentially, posing new challenges and great opportunity. This conference program addresses those challenges and presents information that helps our participants seize those new opportunities,” Dr. Crasto said.
On the Tuesday, conference delegates attended a keynote presentation on “Understanding and Managing Risk in Human Space Flight Developments and Operations” by Dr. Mike Ryschkewitsch, Chief Engineer with NASA. His speech discussed NASA’s approach to certification of systems for human spaceflight.
Wednesday’s keynote address by Mr. Andreas Wüllner, on “SGL Carbon Group – BMW: A Visionary Join Venture for Carbon Fibre Composites in Automotive Applications”, focused on the shift in the use of composites for automotive in a large-scale composite applications.
In addition to keynote presentations, conference attendees had their pick of lectures, panels and sessions to attend. Topics included natural materials, out-of-autoclave technology, design and analysis, tooling, repair, and non-destructive evaluation to name a few.
“We are very, very pleased with the response to SAMPE 2011,” Gregg Balko, CAE, and SAMPE’s Executive Director stated. “The increased number of international conference delegates and exhibitors has established SAMPE as the venue where the world’s advanced materials engineers meet and do business. Our members are already planning for SAMPE 2012 in Baltimore.”
Next year, SAMPE 2012 will be held May 21-24, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Centre.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
Australian organisations Austrak, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have joined forces to develop polymer composite solutions for bridge transoms in a $10 million project titled Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement (CompTrans).