Lasers offer a unique solution, which has been recognised especially by the aerospace sector. As a result, lasers are finding a growing number of industrial applications, and developments in both laser and material technologies have recently led to a further expansion in this area.
This workshop provides a broad overview of the current status of both laser technology and composite processing, with presentations from industrial users, researchers and laser manufacturers. Specific themes include: laser processing of polymer composites within the aerospace industry; laser surface texturing of composites prior to adhesive bonding, laser sintering of PEEK for aerospace and biomedical applications; laser welding of thermoplastics; current state of the art in lasers for composite processing.
Paul French Workshop Chair
Paul French started his laser material processing career at University of Liverpool, where he received a PhD from Professor Steen’s laser group in 2001. At the Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre Paul worked on a number of industrial laser processing projects. In 2008 Paul and Martin Sharp were invited to set up a research group within the General Engineering Research Institute (GERI) based at Liverpool John Moores University. The group ”Photonics in Engineering (PiE)” continues to work with industry on different applications in a number of industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, defence and biomedical; the development of laser material processing of
composites is of special interest.
Who should attend?
The workshop is valuable to anyone with an interest in laser material processing who wants to understand where this technology sits in relation to composite materials. The wide scope of this event means that there is something for everyone in the laser user and supplier community, from beginners to experts. Manufacturers and industrialists, supply companies, laser users, laser source manufacturers and suppliers, laser-based engineering subcontractors and machine integrators - all will benefit from gaining a greater appreciation of the current state of play and the resultant opportunities for applying this technology within their sector and the future development of a laser-composite supply chain within the UK. The workshop nature of the meeting offers many opportunities for delegates to discover the interests and concerns of others in the laser composite-processing community and to establish valuable links.
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NB: As a new road and postcode, the MCC may not appear on your map or satnav. If you are using GoogleMaps or SatNav, please use postcode BS16 7AJ to get to the roundabout at the entrance to the Bristol & Bath Science Park, before following the road around rightwards, up Feynman Way, to the National Composites Centre. - See more here.
Design & Analysis Teams
Extensive 3D CAD Design and analysis capabilities include CATIA, NASTRAN, Fibersim and Hyperworks.
Tri-Robot Flexible Manufacturing Cell
Automated Fibre Placement
The NCC has a robotised automated fibre placement cell working to optimise parameters for placement of multiple fibres
Through Thickness reinforcing equipment
The centre has a through thickness reinforcement cell where delamination risks to components undergoing out of plane loads can be reduced by additional reinforcement in the Z plane.
Liquid Resin Cell
Autoclaves – AIC
The NCC has excellent high temperature and pressure autoclave facilities suitable for thermoset and thermoplastic composites.
Dry Forming Cell
We have excellent facilities for working with preg-impregnated materials including:
Non Destructive Testing
* AILU and supporting organisation members: GBP 140 plus VAT
* Non members: GBP 180 plus VAT
* Concessions: GBP 60 plus VAT (retired, unemployed); GBP 40 plus VAT (full time students)
* Exhibitor (AILU and supporting orgiansation member): GBP 140 plus VAT
* Exhibitor (non-member): GBP 180 plus VAT
* Exhibitor/delegate discount: GBP 50 plus VAT
Fee includes a delegate pack.
Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.
To register for this event please contact the AILU office by phone or email (T: 01235 539595; E: firstname.lastname@example.org. Reg-on-line registration has now closed. Please note that we cannot accept more requests to go on the tour.
|Please note: Delegates are required to register by 18th September latest and to bring photographic identifaction with them on the day. Also when registering please state your nationality (requirements of the NCC)|
Bristol & Bath Science Park, Emersons Green, Bristol, South Gloucestershire BS16 7FS
NB: As a new road and postcode,the NCC may not appear on your map or satnav. If you are using GoogleMaps or SatNav, please use postcode BS16 7AJ to get to the roundabout at the entrance to the Bristol & Bath Science Park, before following the road around rightwards, up Feynman Way, to the National Composites Centre.
As you enter Bristol & Bath Science Park, follow the road around rightwards, up Feynman Way. Just past the 20 mph speed limit sign turn immediately right onto Dirac Crescent. You will pass the main science park building on your right. The gravel overflow car park is located immediately to the left of the main car park. Please ensure that you are parking in the gravel overflow car park and not in the main car park. Parking Marshalls in yellow jackets will be on hand to guide you.
Please note: The NCC is a short walk from the car park (the building opposite the entrance to the car park is not the NCC). Exit the car park at the top (the opposite side from where you entered). The building in front of you is the NCC. Cross the road in front of you and carry along left towards Feynman Way. The entrance to the NCC is on your right.