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Sandwich Structure Design and Fabrication – Technology Workshop VIC

Start Date 4 May 2017 Add to my calendar
End Date 4 May 2017
Time 8.30am - 5.00pm
Location Quality Inn & Suites, 137 Mountain Highway, Wantirna VIC 3152
Members $370 each
Non members $480 each
Students $225 each


This workshop has been developed for those who are responsible for the design and fabrication of sandwich structures, specifically engineering and senior technical staff who are Various forms of composite sandwich strcutures considering utilising the benefits of sandwich structures.  The application of composite materials as the facings is of particular interest and a focus of this workshop. 

While it is generally considered relatively easy to fabricate sandwich panels there are hidden dangers.  From a fabrication point-of-view the limitations of surface pressure during cure of the adhesive system where there is potential to crush the core material is just one thing to consider.  From a performance point-of-view the selection of the skin material and its thickness, the core type and density, and the adhesive system that bonds the skin to the core, all require a good understanding for success.  These topics, plus more, will be covered in the workshop.  Some physical demonstration will also by provided to enhance understanding of the subject matter.


  1. Understanding of the specific design and fabrication requirements of sandwich structure development.
  1. Understanding of the skin and core selection process.
  1. What must be considered when fabricating sandwich panels?
  1. Appreciation of the structural performance requirements.


This workshop will cover:

  • The design requirements of sandwich structures.
  • Skin and core material selection
  • Structural performance outcomes
  • Structural detail, such as joints and holes
  • Testing methods for sandwich structures
  • Component manufacturing hints and pitfalls
  • Other aspects of the workshop to be covered include environmental and longevity aspects, component quality issues and in-service support issues.


This workshop will be presented by highly respected international composites engineering consultant and trainer Dr Rik Heslehurst (pictured right), PhD, CPEng, FIEAust, FRAeS, FSAMPE, SMAIAA. Rik is Director of  Heslehurst and Associates Pty, Ltd, Australia; Engineering Chair of M51 Resources, Inc, Dallas TX; Senior Engineer for Abaris Training Inc, Reno NV; and an Honorary Academic at the UNSW, University College, Australia.

Rik is a former aeronautical engineering officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). During his 16 years military service, Rik was in-charge of the RAAF Material and Process Engineering Section and earlier an airworthiness engineer on the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft.   Rik recently retired as an academic from the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA) after 20 year of academic service during which he lectured in aircraft design, airframe design and analysis, structural joining methods, damage analysis and repair design, and composite structural design.  His research interests followed similar lines. Rik Heslehurst - composites engineering consultant and trainer

Rik is currently the Director of Heslehurst and Associates P/L and the Engineering Chair of M51 Resources, Inc (Dallas TX) and consults for the Australian Defence Force, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Raytheon Missile Systems, NASA, USAF, Boeing Airplane Company, Bombardier Aerospace, Australian Space Safety Office, SRAM-Zipp Wheels, John Deere, Walt Disney Imagineering and General Atomics.  He has conducted engineering short courses for NASA Kennedy, Marshall and Goddard Space Flight Centres, Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works, USAF Academy, Royal Australian Navy, USAF Wright Patterson Laboratories, Pratt & Whitney CT, USAF Warner Robins Air Logistics Centre, Colombian Air Force, Boeing Australia, Raytheon-Australia, Bombardier Aerospace, Honeywell Systems, Sandia National Laboratories, General Dynamics, Pratt and Whitney, Gulfstream Aerospace, SRAM-Zipp Wheels and Republic of Singapore Air Force.  Rik is now the CEO and Director of his own RDT&E company.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical) degree, with Honours, and a Master of Engineering degree, both from RMIT University, and a PhD from the UNSW.   Rik is the current chair of the Australian Chapter of SAMPE and chair of the Canberra Branch of the Australian Composite Structures Society.  He is involved with the Canberra Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Canberra Division of Engineers Australia and Composites Australia.   

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