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2013 Composites Australia and CRC-ACS Conference

Composites Australia and the CRC – ACS hosted the 2013 Composites Conference with the theme “Souring to new heights – composites and carbon fibre take off”  on 4 and 5 March at the Crown Promenade, Melbourne. 

More than 280 people attended the conference which featured two days of technical, academic and practical presentations, workshops, tutorials and live demonstrations covering a range of topics to suit all interests, from innovations and engineering applications to fabrication issues. Supported by a trade show featuring composite capabilities and supplies, the conference provided wonderful networking opportunities, actionable market intelligence and sales and business development opportunities for conference delegates, exhibitors and trade visitors.

Keynote Speakers:

Prof Takashi Ishikawa, Director – Composite Engineering Research Center (CERC), Nagoya University
JAXA, CERC and Aviation: Moving Beyond Metals

Mr John Vickers, Assist. Manager – Materials and Processes Laboratory, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Insights into Composite Manufacturing

Julien Charles from Airbus
Overview of Airbus Composites Technologies



Dr Chris Cranich, Materials Scientist, PATH Materials Consulting
Shrinkage & Warping – Understand it and avoid it


Innovativity Workshop –  Pre-empting the market with Richard Paynting, Director and Leah Paff, Innovation and Industry Engagement Manager



Mr Mark Dimond, Air New Zealand
Composite Repair technician training and  certification


Pierre Gouhier Manager Engineering, RPC  Technologies
Introduction to FEA and its use in  composites design

Dr Paul Falzon, Business Manager, Advanced Composite Structures Australia Development of PIPEASSURE a composite resin system for offshore pipeline repairs

Dr Akabr Khatibi, RMIT University and Carbon Revolution
Damage Detection techniques for geo- metrically complex composite structures

Lorin Coutts Smith, UNSW Canberra
Tailoring laminate bend-twist coupling through ply position

DIAB Group
Creating new opportunities through composites  engineering 

Dr Lucy Cranitch, Materials Scientist, PATH Materials Consulting
Why not to buy composites

Mr Vaughan Bolwell, Director of Design, Bolwell Corporation
Developing manufacturable and merchantable composite products

Mr Alan Garcia, R&D Manager, R&D Incentives, KPMG
A user friendly guide to the R&D tax incentive

Dr. Martin Jones, Intellectual Property and Quality Manager for Advanced Composite Structures Australia Pty Ltd
Using incentive schemes to fund your company’s initiatives – a guide for  2013

Dr Rik Heslehurst, Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering and Information Technology University College UNSW,
Tutorial – The art and science of bonding composite materials

Mr Anurag Bansal, Head Manufacturing & Process Group, ACCIONA Infraestructuras S.A Technology & Innovation Division Madrid, Spain
Manufacturing of bridges using composites

Mr Tony Stanton, Asia Pacific Engineering Manager, Gurit
The use of composites in fire retardant-critical applications

Mr Julien Charles, Research and Technology Engineering Structure Integration Research, Airbus Operations SAS
Overview of Airbus composites technologies

Mr Anthony Vicari, Lux Research
The global carbon fibre  market

Mr Bruce Grey, Managing Director, The Advanced Manufacturing CRC
Shaping the future of FRP with additive manufacturing

Shaun Bailey Managing Director, Planet Fibre Industries
From Oil to Soil – Growing tomorrows fibres: A case for the growing and processing of industrial hemp in Victoria

Tan Minh Le, School of Engineering, University of Waikato, Hamilton NZ
The mechanical properties of epoxy based  hybrid biocomposites reinforced with harakeke and hemp fibres

Sindu Satasivam, RMIT University & Carbon Revolution
Mechanical Performance of modular GFRP sandwich assembly for beam and slab construction

Benedikt Wendland, Institute for Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University
3D weaving for large scale composite production on conventional narrow looms

Menghe Miao, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO/China Academy of Sciences
Improving carbon nanotube alignment in nano composites

Mr Frank Mizzi, Technical Manager, Nuplex Composites
Use of fibre reinforced polymer linings for controlling corrosion in mineral and chemical  processing industries

Dr Rik Heslehurst, School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW at the Australian Defence  Force Academy
The effect of resin flow additives on the mechanical properties of vacuum infused composites

Mr Richard Stanning, General Manager, McConaghy
Managing structural beam innovation and development for Deepsea Challenger

Chengjun Liu, School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW Canberra
Numerical modeling of glass fibre metal laminates subjected to high velocity impact

Step Change Marketing – Ashton Bishop, Lead Strategist and Facilitator, and Adam Long, Strategist Extraordinaire 
The Future is Predatory Marketing

Professor Andrew Walker, CEO, University of Manchester

Brad Dunstan, CEO & Associate Professior Browyn Fox, VCAMM
Caron Nexus – The Australian Carbon Fibre Research Facility