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Programme Launched for Hub Open Day

Published: 10th August 2021

The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub has announced its annual Open Day on Tuesday 19 October 2021. This free-to-attend event will be a virtual event, supported by the University of Edinburgh who are hosting the International Conference on Manufacturing of Advanced Composites (ICMAC), 20-21 October 2021.

The Hub are delighted to announce two keynote speakers for the event, Dr Adrian Gill from Vestas Wind Systems, and Dr Isabelle Paris from Bombardier Aviation. The programme will cover a range of Hub projects and provide Hub partners with the opportunity to highlight research progress to date, and showcase project outputs. Current PhD students will present their high quality and diverse composites research through 3 minute elevator pitches in a Quick Fire session.

The Open day will be supported by SAMPE UK and Ireland, who will host a Young Engineers Competition, where students will be invited to participate in a ‘Design and Make’ Competition which will be judged on the day and prizes awarded to the winning team.

The event will be a great opportunity for those across the composites manufacturing supply chain to learn more about the Hub’s latest research and how they can contribute to the Hub’s development and expansion.

To register for the event, please click here.


The full programme:


10:00 Welcome and Introduction, Prof Nick Warrior, University of Nottingham

10:10 Keynote lecture: “Composites Manufacturing in the Wind Industry”, Dr Adrian Gill, Vestas Wind Systems


Research Presentations:

10:40 Fibre-steered Forming Technology – High-rate, Sustainable Production of Complex Composite Parts, Dr Eric Kim, University of Bristol
11:00 Automated Production of Powder Epoxy Carbon Fibre Tape for Automated Fibre Placement, Dr Colin Robert, University of Edinburgh
11:20 COMPrinting: Novel 3D Printing of Curved Continuous Carbon Fibre Reinforced Powder-based Epoxy Composites, Dr Dongmin Yang, University of Edinburgh
11:40 Layer By Layer Curing, Dr Gabriele Voto, Cranfield University & Dr Robin Hartley, Bristol University


Session running in parallel:

10:40 Design Simulation Tools and Process Improvements for NCF Preforming, Prof Michael Sutcliffe, University of Cambridge
11:00 Platform Fellow, Dr Andrew Parsons, University of Nottingham
11:20 Numerical Simulation of Compression Moulding of SMC and Prepreg, Dr Connie Qian, University of Warwick
11:40 Optimised Manufacturing of Structural Composites via Thermoelectric Vario-thermal Tooling (VarioTherm), Neil Reynolds, University of Warwick


Young Engineers Competition:

12:00 Introduction to 2021 Young Engineers Competition, Tim Wybrow, Chairman of SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter

12:05 Lunch, incl. judging of SAMPE Young Engineers ‘Design and Make’ Competition,

13:05 Quick-fire session (3 minute elevator pitches)

14:15 Keynote Lecture: “Industry Perspectives on Composite Airframe Structures Development and Certification”, Dr Isabelle Paris, Bombardier Aviation

14:45 Hub Training Opportunities, Dr Michael Johnson, University of Nottingham

14:55 Knowledge Exchange/Closing Remarks, Prof Ole Thomsen, Deputy Director, University of Bristol

15:00 Meeting Close

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