Further details have been released ahead of the Joining of Composites Conference.

The Joining of Composites Conference takes place on 21st March at Titanic Belfast, supported by Composites UK, IComp Irish Composites Centre, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and Invest North Ireland (Invest NI).

The event will be a showcase for recent international developments in composite joining. It will demonstrate the developments that are pushing the boundaries in industry sectors where composites have become mainstream, as well as in new and emerging applications. The event will address surface pretreatment and adhesives, thermoset and thermoplastic composites, welding, dissimilar materials joining and 3D printing.

The conference is aimed at engineers and scientists who are involved in the design and manufacture of composite assemblies and are looking to improve their current techniques.

In addition to the talks, there will be nearly two hours of networking breaks to interact with the speakers and poster presenters, as well as with the other delegates.

To register your attendance please click here.

Proposed Agenda:

09:30: Registration and Coffees

10:00: Welcome, Vicky Kell, Invest NI

10:10: Introduction, Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Network

Surface Preparation Theme

10:20: Activation of Structural Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composite Thermoplastics by Ultraviolet Radiation for Adhesive Bonding, Brian Deegan, Henkel

10:40: Adhesion enhancement of thermoplastic composites by atmospheric plasma and UV treatments, Gennaro Scarselli, University College Dublin

11:00: Adhesion Promotion Using Dry, Blast-Coating Process to Prime Metals, Joseph Mohan, ENBIO

11:20: Controlled Polymer Ablation: A disruptive pre-treatment technology for ultra-lightweight multi-material structural assemblies using thermoplastic and thermoset polymer composites, James Nicholas Barry, PlasmaBound

11:40: Powderbond – a new joining technique to join composites to metal, Nick Welton, Powdertech

12:00: BREAK

Joining Thermoplastic Composites Theme

12:30: Linear Friction Welding of Carbon Fibre PEEK composites, Chris Worrall, TWI

12:50: Modelling and Experimental Investigation of Induction Welding of Thermoplastic Matrix Composites, Michael Flanagan, ÉireComposites Teo

13:10: Fusion bonding of thermoplastic composites – Microstructure – performance relationship, Francisco Sacchetti, Tencate

13:30: Lunch

Joining Thermoplastic Composites Theme (Cont’d)

14:30: The welding of thermoplastic composite to aluminium alloy, Roger Wise, Ultrawise Innovation

14:50: Thermoplastic composites: the easy way of joining, Virginia Bozsak, Arkema

15:10: Joining of composite materials with nanomaterials and Joule heating, Sung-Hwan Jang, University of Plymouth

15:30: Manufacturing and Welding Investigations of Fibre Reinforced Composite Parts with Thermoplastic Functional Layer, Widyanto Surjoseputro, Mahr Metering Systems

15:50: BREAK

Mechanical Assembly Theme

16:10: Joining Composites without Fasteners or Bonding, Chris Vaissiere, Jigsaw Structures

16:30: 3D printing of digital CFRP composites for light-weight lattice structures, Dongmin Yang, University of Leeds

16:50: Closing Remarks, Terry McGrail, IComp

17:00: Close

Poster Presentations

Additive manufacturing of tailored woven carbon fibre thermoplastic composites for enhanced fastening performance, Andrew Dickson, University College Dublin

Improvement of delamination resistance of CFRC laminates using electrospun nanofibers interleaves, Sabina Alessi, University of Palermo

Ultra-thick composites: Towards fully integrated aircraft structures by using Polyethersulfone interleaves and cure cycle optimisation, Valentin Buchinger, Imperial College London

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