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The 2017 ACI Conference and Exhibition was held at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, in Queensland on Wednesday and Thursday, 29 – 30 March 2017, with a half-day technical workshop on Tuesday 28 March 2017.

The 50 speakers from across industry, R&D organisations and academia  reflected the conference theme “Shaping the future with composites” . They reported on current developments and innovations in materials, science, manufacturing processes and technologies across defence, aerospace, marine, automotive and mass transport, infrastructure and sport and recreation markets.

Speakers and delegates came from across Australia and as far afield as China, Iran, Korea, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, North America and the UK. 

The exhibition provided an excellent platform for delegates, suppliers and teaching and research organisations to network, renew and build new relationships and talk about opportunities to advance their business and careers. y to join global and domestic industry composite professionals seeking to innovate with composite materials.

In its 14th year, this annual conference, hosted by Composites Australia with the support of SAMPE-Australia and the Engineers Australia technical society – the Australian Composite Structures Society (ACSS) – has proven to be a valuable forum for the sharing of industry and scientific knowledge on new and emerging developments in composites technologies, opportunities for new applications and markets as well as sessions to advance business management and marketing. 

A very big “THANK YOU” to our conference sponsors: Allnex, Pacific Resins, Swinburne University of Technology, Henkel, IMCD, Regina Glass Fibre, Gurit and Employsure for their support of the Australian composites industry.

Composites Australia 2017 conference opening plenary and keynote speakers

Pictured above: Composites Australia President Leona Reif with plenary speakers at the opening of ACI-17: (from left) Professor Peter Schubel, Director of the Centre for Future Materials at the University of Southern Queensland; Keynote speaker Dr John D Russell Technical Director of the US Airforce Research Laboratory’s Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division; and Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. 



Best Paper Award

Prof Murray Scott and Dr Rik Heslehurst present the Best Paper Award to Dr Chuang Feng from RMIT University.The 2017 Australian Composites Structures Society*(ACSS) Best Paper Prize of $500 cash and a certificate was presented to Dr Chuang Feng, research fellow and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow  at RMIT for his paper: Vibration of functionally graded trapezoidal nanocomposite plates reinforced with graphene nanoplatelets, co-authored with research colleagues from the RMIT School of Engineering, Zhan Zhao and Jie Yang.  You can read the abstract here …  . 

Pictured at left: Prof Murray Scott and Dr Rik Heslehurst present the Best Paper Award to Dr Chuang Feng from RMIT University.



Latest program now available

Delegates, the latest version of the conference program, complete with speaker abstracts and bios is now available!
This hyperlinked ADOBE pdf document is ideal for tablets, ipads and (to a lesser extent) smartphones.   Download here … to plan your conference schedule.  

Detailed program released

Click on cover to download/read the ACI-17 program

Click on cover to download / read the ACI-17 Program

  The detailed program for ACI-17 is now available.  Click on the cover  image at left or download at this link … and start organising your personal conference schedule.  The program is packed with excellent technical, academic and business management speakers on topics of direct relevance to the composites sector. 

Notable presenters at ACI-17 include:

  • Dr John D. Russell, Technical Director of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory’s Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division
  • Professor Peter Schubel, co-author of the 2016 UK Composites Strategy and newly appointed Director of the University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Future Materials
  • Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
  • Mr Greg Williams, Senior Consultant with CSIRO Future
  • Mr Frank Cristiano General Manager at Tricomposite and Hugh O’Donnell Director of High Performance Consortium – an interactive session on innovation, collaboration and culture change.
  • Mr Michael Kemp, General Manager Wagners CFT Pty Ltd
  • Leading Finite Element researcher Professor Hubert Debski, from Poland
  • Dr Lucy Cranitch, Director at PATH – a session on How to sell composites to potential clients
  • Dr Rik Heslehurst, international composite engineering and training consultant – the popular pre-conference interactive workshop.  

Speaker abstracts and bios are available from this page … 

Conference Dinner

Delegates will enjoy a one hour twilight boat trip to the official conference dinner at  McLarens Landing on South Stradbroke Island. Situated on a still-water private beach and featuring all-weather, island-style thatched dinner pavilions nestled in a bushland setting, delegates will enjoy a buffet dinner of fresh meats and seafood, delicious salads, damper (bread) and Aussie desserts under flaming torchlight. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr John Russell, Technical Director, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division US Air Force Research Laboratory

The Keynote Address will be presented by Dr. John D. Russell, the Technical Director of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory’s Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division.  

His topic: Carbon Fiber Composites for Next Generation Military Aircraft
More details…



Plenary speakers focus on the future for advanced manufacturing

The Plenary speakers at ACI-17 share a strong vision for the future of Australia’s advanced manufacturing and the role of composites. Their thought-provoking presentations are sure to stimulate discussion and inspire us.  Read more here …

Best paper prize

Australian Composites Structures Society*(ACSS) Best Paper Prize of $500 cash and a certificate will be awarded to the presenting author of the best peer reviewed paper. More details…  (*ACSS is a technical society of Engineers Australia) 

Distinguished researchers advancing composite materials 

For 14 years this conference has provided unique opportunities for composite researchers, suppliers, manufacturers and end-users to come together to advance manufacturing processes and the use of composite materials in diverse applications. Along with Dr John D Russell from the US Air Force Research Laboratory, this year’s conference will bring together representatives from Airbus, Beijing’s Aerospace Research Institute of Materials and Processing, one of Europe’s leading Finite Element researchers, along with a distinguished line-up of Australian composite researchers from our universities’ leading composite research groups.  More details … 

 Notable industry presenters

 A feature of the Composite Australia conferences is the generosity of industry members to share their knowledge and journeys with their colleagues.  A highlight of our 2017 conference will be an interactive session on innovation, collaboration and culture change presented by Composite Australia board member Frank Cristiano, General Manager of leading Melbourne composite caravan component manufacturer Tricomposite, with Hugh O’Donnell, Director of the High Performance Consortium. Read more …

Michael Kemp, General Manager – Engineering, Wagners CFT Manufacturing Pty Ltd, will share a case study on composites used in the repair of aging public infrastructure.  

Technical experts and researchers will share the latest developments in curing systems, adhesives, resins, high temperature composites, filament winding, finite element analysis, civil infrastructure and marine applications,  carbon fibre processing, carbon fibre reinforced polymers and glass fibre polymer processes and bio composites. Full details are available in the Speakers’ abstracts and will be in the program to be released shortly.