Supporting UK Composites

Marine Sector Showcase

The next Composites UK sector showcase event takes place on 11th October 2017 in Southampton, looking at the use of composite materials in marine applications.

Fibre-reinforced polymer composites (FRPs) have been used successfully in marine applications for several decades in areas such as radomes and mass structures, super yachts, work boats and leisure craft. More recently FRPs have been used in less well known applications such as bearings, propellers, commercial hatch covers, exhausts and topside structures. The use of glass-fibre composites (GRP) in marine applications was one of the first significant areas of GRP use. It has revolutionised the capability to design and manufacture large composite structures in several sectors. Vessels are made in the UK by a variety of processes, including hand-lay GRP, resin-infusion, thermoplastics and high performance carbon fibre prepreg for racing yachts.


09:00    Registration

09:30    Welcome & Housekeeping - Composites UK

09:40    British Marine: Your Industry, Your Membership - Sam Vaughn, British Marine

What does the marine sector need from the composites industry?

09:50    Opportunities in Cruise Ships - Mike Collier, Carnival Corporation

10:10    Improvements in Small Composite Craft Manufacture and Maintenance - Tom Baker, RNLI

10:30    Carbon Fibre Recycling - Alan Boot, Land Rover BAR

10:50    The Solent's Marine and Maritime Economy - Brian Johnson, BAE Systems, SME Ambassador and Board Director for Solent LEP

11:05    Break

Standards & Testing

11:30   Recent Changes to the IMO SOLAS Guidelines - Oliver Vardy, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

11:50   The Revision of BS EN ISO 12215 - Jean-Baptiste Souppez & Jonathan Ridley, Southampton Solent University

12:05   Modernising Composite Materials Regulations - Robert Stevens, University of Southampton

12:20   Approval Testing of Composite Materials for Marine Applications - Geraint Havard, R-Tech Materials & Mayur Jogia, Lloyds Register

12:35    High Fidelity Non-Destructive Ultrasonic 3D Characterisation of Aerospace, Automotive and Wind Turbine Components - Robert Smith, University of Bristol & BINDT

12:50    Lunch

Cross Sector Working – Learning from other Industries

13:30    The way “Forward” is Composites - Paul Jackson, Forward Composites

13:45    Introduction of Aerospace Composite Design Methods into Marine Industry Applications - Peter Frewer, Frewer Engineering

Advanced Design & Manufacturing

14:00    FIBRESHIP – Engineering Production and Life-Cycle Management for the Complete Construction of Large-Length FIBRE-based SHIPs - Chris Worrall, TWI

14:15    Record – Repair – Recycle – Repeat - Richard Collins, IDTechEx

14:30    Using Automation to Build High Quality Pre-Preg Panels for the Boatbuilding Sector - Geoff Stock, Fibre Mechanics Ltd

14:45    Performance Gains from Adaptive Composite Structures - Stephen Boyd, University of Southampton

15:00    FRP Composite Vessels for Wind Farm and Military Applications - David Kendall, Optima Projects

15:15    New Opportunities for Marine Composites Fabricators - National Composites Centre    

15:30    Close

Table-top exhibition space

All table-top exhibition spaces are now sold out.

Exhibiting are:  Argo Engineering Solutions Ltd, bigHead Bonding Fasteners, Chomarat Textiles Industries, Core6 Composites, Cristex, Hexion UK Ltd, Forward Composites, Jo Bird & Company Ltd, Jones Stroud Insulations, Minden Extraction Systems, P J Hare, Strand7, Thomas Swan & Co Ltd, Tufcot and Wessex Resins and Adhesives.

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Composites UK members:    £95 + VAT

Partner organisation members: £125 + VAT*
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British Marine members - BMSS17
MIA members - MIASS17

Non-members:             £145 + VAT

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* All  discounted bookings will be checked. Those using the discount code who are not eligble will be invoiced £20 (the difference between the partner organisation rate and the full rate) plus an additional £50 admin fee.

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