IDC News & Events
IDC Research Engineer wins SAMPE students’ presentation competition
Mattia Di Francesco, an Engineering Doctorate student sponsored by the National Composites Centre, has won a competitive students’ presentation competition, which ran as part of the SAMPE UK and Ireland chapter Conference in London on the 16th June 2016.
Mattia’s presentation was entitled ‘Influence of layup speed and laser power density on the quality of thermoplastic preforms manufactured by Automated Fibre Placement’, and demonstrated that the mesostructure of a thermoplastic preform manufactured using an Automated Fibre Placement machine can be tailored by changing the size of the laser heated zone.
Mattia is currently in the third year of his four-year Engineering Doctorate with the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture, working on the optimisation of Automated Fibre Placement technology. As the winner of the students’ presentation competition, Mattia has been invited to present at SAMPE Europe in Liege, Belgium in September 2016.
The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) is a global professional member society, that provides information on new materials and processing technology via conferences, exhibitions, technical forums, publications, or books in which professionals in this field can exchange ideas. As the only technical society encompassing all fields of endeavour in materials and processes, SAMPE provides a unique and valuable forum for scientists, engineers, and academics.
Photo: Mattia Di Francesco (back row, second from left) with his fellow conference delegates (Image credit: Andrew Mills)
IDC Research Engineers’ visit to IPECO Composites, Friday 27th November 2015
The visit to IPECO was organised to give students an opportunity to acquire some hands-on, workshop floor experience of composite manufacturing in industry, and to discuss the role of design for manufacture in composites. The techniques covered included prepreg hand lay-up and vacuum forming.
The students had an enjoyable and informative visit, and found the experience gave them a “great insight into the different manufacturing methods”.
The group were kindly hosted by Paul Stacey and Dr Dominic Bloom. We would like to thank the IPECO staff for taking the time to show the students around, demonstrate their work and answer queries.
Ipeco Holdings Ltd is a privately owned UK company, engaged in the design, development, manufacture and test of niche products for the aerospace and defence industries, amongst others. Principal products include aircraft crew seating, executive passenger seating, galley inserts, salt bath brazed chassis and electronic power management systems. The company has extensive manufacturing capability, including a dedicated composites division.
Ipeco Composites has a long-standing reputation for expertise and innovation in the design, development and production of high performance structures utilising both metallic and advanced composite materials.
Pete Calvert on the thrill of ‘overcoming physics’ in the aerospace sector – Online article in The Telegraph, 29th October 2015
Third year Research Engineer, Pete Calvert, talks about his journey to becoming a composite manufacturing engineer with Rolls-Royce, and the way in which the EngD is helping him become a technical expert in this emerging field.
The full article, entitled ‘Inside the next generation of aerospace engines’ can be found on The Telegraph’s website.
2014 Engineering Professors’ Council and Hammermen of Glasgow Student Awards
Congratulation to Laura Pickard (first year EngD Research Engineer) who claimed first prize in the ‘2014 Engineering Professors’ Council and Hammermen of Glasgow Student Awards’.
Students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, were invited to submit an essay on the following topic:
How does engineering contribute to the UK economy and how can that contribution be increased? Is there a role for UK engineering in higher education in making this happen?
Laura’s winning essay, entitled ‘Engineering the Future’, as well as further information about the Awards can be found on the Engineering Professors’ Council website.
IDC Dissemination Event, National Composites Centre (NCC), 26th June
The IDC will be hosting a free half-day event at the National Composites Centre on Friday 26th June, following the ICMAC Conference. Further details, including a programme and registration information will follow shortly. In the meantime, please refer to the ICMAC website.