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2015 – Conference speakers and topics

Success factors to realise the potential for composites growth

Delegates, trade show exhibitors and speakers at the  2015  Composites Australia CRC-ACS Conference all shared a common goal – to see composites achieve their growth potential for the benefit of the economy, business and society.

Presentations and discussions under the conference theme Game on! Winning with composites explored the key success factors to realise this growth potential.

The Honourable Karen Andrews, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, set the scene in her opening address saying the composites industry was considered a vital element of the economy and the government’s productivity and growth agenda with its focus on transforming to a high value export economy through lower costs, faster innovation and a skilled workforce. The success of the CRC-ACS and CSIRO in developing commercially valuable new composite technologies showed Australia had the skills to leverage the benefits of composites but relationships between R&D organisations and industry needed to be strengthened

Keynote speaker Dr Mickey McCabe, Executive Director University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute and an acknowledged leader in technology-based economic development and materials research gave an analysis of current and emerging markets and opportunities for the growth of uptake in composites materials and products. To realise this potential, Dr McCabe said there needed to be great designs – not just good designs; control of manufacturing processes to reduce cost and increase quality; an educated/trained workforce and understanding of the materials’ limitations, the target market and customer needs and expectations.

In his keynote, Professor Dr Axel Herrman, Managing Director of the Airbus company Composites Technology Center (CTC) in Stade, Germany, also forecast a bright future for composite industries opening up new markets and applications. To keep this promise, cost and lead-time reduction was mandatory across all applications, without sacrificing process-driven design allowables and quality of produced parts. He spoke of the exciting work being undertaken to optimise CFRP manufacturing processes to achieve the anticipated growth in applications and markets.

Speakers and topics

Keynote – Dr Michael McCabe, Executive Director – University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute
Strategies for winning with composites in a global market

Mr Derek Buckmaster – Deakin University
New innovations in carbon fibre research

Chen Han Chien, Senior Engineer – Swancor Industry Co Ltd
New rapid forming prepreg based on thermoplastic matrix

Dr Matthew Joosten, Research Fellow – RMIT University
Application of the enhanced embedded element technique to simulate progressive damage

Mr Rohan Bajracharya, Student – University of Southern Queensland
Behaviour of new building products from recycled- mixed plastic wastes

Professor Chun Wang, Director of Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre – RMIT University
Improving Nano-Composites by In-situ Alignment of Carbon Nanofillers

Dr Nigel St John, Composite and Hybrid Structures – Maritime Division, Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Simple Method for Determining Fibre Volumes of Hybrid Composites

Dr Andrew Beehag, General Manager – CRC for Advanced Composite Structures
Taking Australian composites to Asia – market opportunities and challenges

Dr Ross Pritchard, Executive Director (Technical Services) Structures, Engineering and Technology – QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads
Design criteria for bridges and other structures – Fibre reinforced polymer composite (FRPC) girders

Dipl-Ing Jean Meyer, Captain and Research associate in CFRP repair and NDT – Bundeswehr Institute for Materials Fuels and Lubricants (WIWeB), German Armed Forces
Determination of ply stacking sequence for automated repair of CFRP structures

Dr Matthew Blacklock, Research Fellow – RMIT University
Virtual testing of woven textile composites: Variation in elastic properties due to fibre waeve angle

Mr Nicholas Farmer, Head of Composites Marketing Director of the University of Queensland Racing Team
Composite training through development of a formula SAE race car

Dr Martin Jones, Intellectual Property and Education Manager – Advanced Composite Structures Australia Pty Ltd
Technology outputs of the CRC-ACS program and how the composites industry can access them

Mr Roger Cater, Manager – PARTEC Institute and The Composites Training Centre
Winning with composites training

Mr Zulzamri Salleh, PhD Candidate – University of Southern Queensland
Mechanical properties of low density glass microballoon/vinyl ester syntactic foam for marine application

Mr Ginghis Maranan, PhD Student – University of Southern Queensland
An overview of the use of composite rebars as reinforcenent in geopolymer concrete structures

Mr Kuang Yu, PhD Candidate – University of New South Wales
Buckling response of reinforced thermoplastic pipes (RTPs) under combined axial tension and external pressure

Dr Rikard Heslehurst, Director – Heslehurst and Associates P/L
Structural repair methodology for wind turbine blades

Mr Mohammad Hizam Rusmi, PhD Student – University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Behaviour of a composite truss with bolted joints

Dr Rikard Heslehurst, Director – Heslehurst and Associates P/L
Non-destructive evaluation of surface preparation for adhesive bonding processes

Keynote – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Herrmann, Chief Executive Officer – CTC GmbH – A Company of Airbus Operations GmbH
Key technologies for composite structures in eco-mobility and transport industries

Dr Paul Falzon, General Manager – ACS Australia Pty Ltd
Advanced composite structures Australia – Engineering composites solutions for Australia and the rest of the world

Sean McKay, President & CEO – Compsoites Innovation Centre
FibreCITY: A Natural Fibre Grading Capability for Biocomposites

Dr Michael Heitzmann, Lecturer – The University of Queensland
Probabilistic design: a new approach to look at composite design?

Miss Elinor Swery, PhD Candidate – Centre for Advanced Composite Materials
Capturing the effects of preform structure on permeability: A tool to automatically compute multi-layer preform permeability

Mr Peter Schwarzel, Technical Manager – CarbonWorks
Composite failure criteria – A practical discussion of an extraordinarily difficult problem

Ms Anita Hajetian, Technical Service Engineer – 3M Australia
Glass bubbles for reinforced thermoplastics

Mr Richard Nowak, National Product Specialist NDT – Olympus Australia
The composite NDT (non-destructive testing) toolbox

Mr Raymond Ten Broeke, Field & Customer Service Engineer – AkzoNobel Polymer Chemistry
Recent developments in polyester curing systems

Mr Dominic Parsonson, National Product Manager – Tasman Machinery
3D Printing – collapsible cores and custom 3D printed sandwich structures

Dr Rikard Heslehurst, Director – Heslehurst and Associates P/L
Determining fastener pull-through failure mode in advanced composite materials

Mr Jianghui Dong, PhD Student – University of South Australia
A review on development and implementation of contact buckling theory in composite plate/panel

Mr Mokhtar Mat Salleh, PhD Student – University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Critical processing parameters in the optimisation of all-cellulose composite laminates

Ms Angelica Legras, PhD Candidate – The University of Queensland
A practical toolbox to overcome the multiple challenges of biocomposites extrusion

Mr Tony Stanton, Enginnering Manager – Gurit Ausia Pacific Ltd
Advanced composites for commercial vessels

Mr Yousof Ghazzawi, Research Engineer – SABIC
Fabrication and testing of carbon fiber reinforced branched polycarbonate using solution impregnation

Dr Menghe Maio, Principal Research Scientist – CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship
Bast fibres extracted from cotton stalks as reinforcement for polymer composites

Dr Russell Varley, Research Team Leader; Industrial Composites – CSIRO Manufacturing
Progress towards processable high performance thermoplastic composites

Dr Mohammadali Farjoo, R & D Engineer – Wagners
Failure envelope of glass reinforced epoxy (GRE) casings: Differences between API and ISO standards

Mr Brian Nelson, Director – Capital House Australasia
Composites in Infrastructure and buildings – opportunities & challenges