08 September 2015
08 September 2015
Dr. Jacob Anderson, Senior Research and Development Engineer at PPG Industries, has been named a winner of the Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Award for the Society of Plastics Engineers 15th annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE).
PPG explains that Anderson's paper received the third-highest average rating by conference peer reviewers in a field of 70 contenders and will be honoured for excellence in technical writing during SPE ACCE opening ceremonies.
Anderson and Dr. Ryan Emerson, both based at the PPG Fibreglass Science and Technology Centre in Shelby, North Carolina, US, co-authored a paper entitled Effect of Processing Technique on the Mechanical Performance of Glass Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics, which Anderson will present 10 September at 11:30 a.m. at The Diamond Banquet & Conference Centre at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan, US, as part of the conference's Advances in Thermoplastic Composites session.
"In the present work, thermoplastic bulk moulding compound (BMC) was investigated to determine its mechanical performance relative to granulated long-fibre thermoplastic (GLFT) and continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic tape (CFRT)" he said. "This was achieved by using injection and compression moulding to fabricate thermoplastic composite parts from GLFT, CFRT and BMC. Versus the GLFT specimen, the BMC material was shown to exhibit improvements in flexural and impact performance of 100 percent and 20 percent, respectively, results of which will be described during the presentation."
The SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions jointly sponsor the annual Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), which attracts speakers, exhibitors and attendees from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The conference's Best Paper Awards honour Dr. Jackie Rehkopf, a long-time SPE ACCE committee member, session organiser, two-times technical program co-chair and long-time automotive-composites industry researcher.
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