21 July 2015
21 July 2015
JEC Group has revealed the program of its 5 conferences organised for the JEC Asia composites Show’s 8th annual session at the SUNTEC Center in Singapore October 20-22, 2015.
A panel of 20 speakers from 10 countries will share and exchange with delegates expected from 43 countries. 2 of these sessions are organised in partnership with TUM Asia in Singapore and Hanyang University in the Republic of Korea.
Nowadays, JEC explains that being environmentally conscious is no longer a suggestion but a requirement. Governmental legislations are increasing in order to gain better control over which products are manufactured. Composite materials in particular, have for a while now been encouraged to go “green” by developing the use of natural fibres, cleaner resins and recycling opportunities. Speakers are already organised from Ashland, Cobra International, Ecole des Mines d’Albi and Solvay.
As the use of composite materials becomes more widespread in every major industry, the need for efficient and well-adapted simulation tools has equally grown. Indispensable for behavioral predictions thanks to the structural analysis and optimisation they provide, software tools provide reliable and pre-manufacturing solutions in design.
Along these lines, the pressure of productivity rates and mass production has brought an increase in the use of flexible robotics which will be explored during this session, with speakers from TUM Asia and their partners including Duo Machinery Equipment.
Thanks to their high strength and lightweight properties, JEC says composite materials are becoming increasingly widespread in the aerospace industry. Light-weighting is a particularly important challenge for the industry, as it allows for fuel reductions, but it is a difficult one as aeronautical parts possess stringent quality requirements. Other major current challenges for this industry when it comes to composite materials include: reduced assembly time and maintenance, and greater impact resistance in airframes. Speakers include Chomarat, Republic Polytechnic and Surface Generation.
According to JEC, high-speed production is one of the biggest challenges of the automotive industry when it comes to composite materials, notably in order to achieve cost parity with metal equivalents. Thanks to process innovations and adapted epoxy resins, cycle-times for high-performance structural parts have already been significantly reduced during these last few years, but the incentive to lower them even more and thus attain the crucial one-minute cycle time. Speakers on this topic have been arranged from Hanyang University, RWTH Aachen and Lamborghini.
Over the years, these types of vessels, which hold liquids and gases under pressure, have been through different stages; from all-metal to metal or plastic lined composite tanks, and finally to a linerless tank. JEC says that these high-pressure storage tanks are one of the fastest growing market for advanced composites and this session will focus both on market trends and the latest innovations. Speakers on this topic are arranged from Ashland, Connectra and Gruntech Polymers.
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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.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
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.