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Cross-Sector Composites Workshop Sets Sail in Titanic Museum

Leading experts from across the materials industry will speak at an upcoming event co-chaired by Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the Irish Composites Centre (IComp).

The Joining of Composites event at Titanic Museum, Belfast on Tuesday 21 March, will showcase the ways in which developments in composite joining are pushing the boundaries across a range of sectors. Examples of composites becoming mainstream and their use in newer applications will both be highlighted.

Much of the research effort in composites in recent years has focused on their manufacture – to automate their lay up and speed up their cure – and much of the low-hanging fruit has already been plucked. However, when it comes to composite assembly and joining to other components of similar or dissimilar materials, often traditional fastening technology is used.

This event is divided into three themes, with a number of sessions and case studies presented on each: Joining Thermoplastic Composites, Mechanical Joining, Surface Pre-treatment & Adhesion and Manufacturing. Michael Curran, Engineering Director of Bombardier Aerospace, will give a keynote speech.

There will also be an opportunity to network with peers and to view posters from the local universities, with the Titanic Museum as the backdrop.

Ajay Kapadia, Head of Composites for the Knowledge Transfer Network, said: “This event will be a great opportunity for networking and learning for both academia and industry in this important technology area.”

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Composites UK members receive a 10% discount on delegate fees via a special booking link. Click here for details (member login required).


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