The University of Southern Queensland hosted the 1st International Symposium on Advanced Composites at USQ Springfield recently.
The event brought together research leaders and composites experts from China, Hong Kong and Australia to share recent scientific advancements and strengthen collaborative partnerships.
Led by the Director of USQ’s Centre for Future Materials (CFM) Professor Peter Schubel and Professor Hao Wang, the symposium discussed the latest developments and future trends in composite materials.
Professor Schubel said the symposium was a great example of the benefits of linking with local and international research networks and developing closer ties with industry partners.
“We were very proud to bring world-leading academics on composite materials to USQ and share their knowledge and promote collaboration,” Schubel said.
“It was also an excellent opportunity for the University to showcase its composites research activities at CFM and launch its Centre of Excellence in Pultrusion Composites which will help develop new ways of using fibre composite materials for commercial and industrial uses.”
Fibre composites, though still in their infancy, are being used across many business, manufacturing and engineering areas, with advanced examples routinely being used in the aerospace industry.
Among the topics explored were damage resistant composites for aircraft and aerospace applications, novel energy materials, self-healing innovations and bio-based resources for composite materials development such as silk fibres for innovative protective applications.
One of USQ’s Research Giants Professor Yiu-Wing Mai (University of Sydney) said Australia has played a leading role in forming the composite research community in the Asia and Australasia region.
“The significant increase of composite usage in Asia opens an opportunity for Australian universities to work with composites manufacturers to develop new products and new applications,” he said.
Keynote speakers included: Professor Yiu-Wing Mai (Editor of the most prestige composite journal Composites Science and Technology), Professor Limin Zhou (Editor-in-Chief of Composites Communications), Professor Mingqiu Zhang (Asian Editor of Composites Science and Technology), Professor Xungai Wang (Director of Deakin University’s Institute of Frontier Materials), Professor Peter Schubel (Director of USQ’s Centre for Future Materials) and Professor Xiaozhi Hu (University of Western Australia).
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