High-Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors 2012
Colocated with Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas (AIX)
September 25-26, 2012
Washington State Convention Center
CompositesWorld 2012: Materials, Markets, Manufacturing
Colocated with SAMPE Tech 2012
October 22-23, 2012
Charleston Convention Center
North Charleston, South Carolina
Carbon Fiber 2012
December 4-6, 2012
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel
San Diego, California
CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, announced in July some significant changes to its conference offerings for 2012. The most notable involve the development of two new exhibition partnerships. The CW Conferences team, headed by conference director Scott Stephenson, reports that discussions earlier this year with trade show company Reed Exhibitions (Norwalk, Conn.) and two key composites industry associations, the American Composites Manufacturers Assn. (Arlington, Va.) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE, Covina, Calif.), have borne fruit. As a result CW has joined forces with these three veterans of the composites-industry exhibitions market to offer composites professionals more trade show and conference benefits with fewer days away from the office or plant.
The result is a pair of new events aimed to please well-tested industry veterans and new hires alike, giving both an opportunity for optimum exposure to the state of critical end-markets served by the advanced composites industry.
HPC for Aircraft Interiors 2012
At CompositesWorld’s 2012 High-Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors, situated next door to Reed’s Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas (AIX) at the Washington State Convention Center, in Seattle, Wash., attendees will have the opportunity to walk the aisles of the only trade show in the Western Hemisphere that is dedicated to the aircraft interiors manufacturing market. Just down the hall, HPC for Aircraft Interiors 2012 will offer those same attendeesan early look at new developments in the fields of high-temperature and fire-resistant composites applications.
Scheduled for Sept. 25-26, the conference’s two-day agenda will be overseen by conference cochairs David Leach, product manager for Henkel Aerospace (Bay Point, Calif.), and Dan Slaton, a technical fellow active in the Flammability Safety & Airworthiness division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (Seattle, Wash.). The pair, with the assistance of CW Conferences staff, has assembled a top-flight roster of presenters. Notably, the proposed agenda includes a thorough discussion of recent changes in U.S. Federal Aviation Admin. (FAA) flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) requirements for construction materials. Conference presenters include recognized composites industry innovators who will offer insight into potential solutions that will meet those requirements. Presentations about breakthroughs in thermoset and thermoplastic resin systems are planned, as well as new developments in honeycomb core and adhesive bonding and curing technologies for these advanced composites.
Although the conference agenda for HPC for Aircraft Interiors is still a work in progress, the agenda is taking shape (a complete list of invited speakers and their session titles can be viewed in the sidebar titled “HPC for Aircraft Interiors 2012 at a Glance,” below, or click on the title under "Editor's Picks" at top right).
A highlight of the program will be a market overview titled “Opportunities for Composite Materials and Manufacturing in Commercial Transport Interiors.” Presented by consultant and HPC contributing writer Chris Red, principal, Composites Forecasts and Consulting LLC (Mesa, Ariz.), this session will illuminate the aircraft interiors market through facts and figures. Red estimates the OEM market for composites in interiors at 5.7 million lb (2.586 million kg) in 2011, about 43 percent of which was carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). Because aircraft interiors are typically replaced every six to eight years, he says the interiors aftermarket is historically 2.2 to as much as 2.8 times greater than the OEM market, bringing the combined OEM market and aftermarket for composites in interiors to about 18 million lb (816,466 kg), with an estimated value of about $4.3 billion to $4.6 billion. (Get an early bird’s-eye look at the market prognostications for composites in aircraft interiors in Red’s “Market Outlook” feature, titled "Composites in Aircraft Interiors, 2012-2022" under Editor's Picks.")
“Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Fire Safety Research.” Will be the topic in FAA project engineer Robert Ochs’ presentation. Ochs will explain new and modified FAA requirements supported by R&D results, discuss fire safety concerns for composite applications and review the FAA’s fire safety research on composite materials.
In “Developing a New Flammability Test Method for Composites,” conference cochair Slaton will discuss, among other FST-related topics, the difficulties Boeing encountered when it developed a new flammability requirement and representative test method for composite materials.
Bill Archer, president and CEO of maintenance and repair organization tech services provider Landmark Aerospace LLC (McDonough, Ga.), will discuss aircraft cabin materials selection from the points of view of the cabin interior manufacturer’s customer (the airline operator) and the airline’s customer (the passenger). Tim Greene, global product manager – composites, Greene, Tweed & Co. (Kulpsville, Pa.), will consider aircraft interiors from several points of view. He will also discuss the market drivers for complex-shape composite components and offer an overview of typical discontinuous long fiber (DLF) material solutions and their benefits in the molding of complex-shape interiors components and identifying typical application selection factors and fit for value.
Several presenters will survey material technologies their companies offer for the aircraft interiors market. Mohammad Moniruzzaman, product development engineer at SABIC Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield. Mass.), will describe SABIC’s high-flow, high-strength carbon fiber/polyetherimide materials.
Barrday Advanced Material Solutions’ (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) chief technical officer, Carl Varnerin, will review phenolic and epoxy prepregs for interiors applications in sandwich structures, with emphasis on their mechanical and fire-resistance properties. Market manager Rick Pauer, CCP Composites (North Kansas City, Mo.), will cover his firm’s nonhalogenated, intumescent laminate and gel coat products. Bruno Boursier, research and technology manager at Hexcel (Stamford, Conn.), will discuss applications of trademarked HexMC materials in aircraft interiors and predict future developments.
And Matt Lowry, R&D director at M.C. Gill Corp. (El Monte, Calif.), will describe a novel means to fill honeycomb core with foam.
George Bielert, project manager, Cutting Dynamics Inc. (Avon, Ohio), intends to review new approaches and opportunities for thermoplastics technologies and materials that can achieve untraditional mass reductions.
Jaime Grunlan, associate professor, Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas), will discuss fire-resistant nanocoatings for foam and fabric. The coatings produce no change in the aesthetics of a given substrate and no change in the mechanical properties of the materials.
“Aircraft Seating Design, Analysis and Optimization” will be the subject for Robert Yancy, executive director of global aerospace, Altair Engineering Inc. (Troy, Mich.). He’ll deal with design optimization for aircraft seating, virtual dynamic testing, occupant simulation and optimization of composite layups.
Patrick Phillips, director of business development at Norduyn (Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada), will talk about the challenges of using composites to “reinvent the aircraft galley cart.” He will deal with cart weight reduction, the challenges of today’s galley carts, issues of aircraft certification and potential opportunities. Christine Lüdeke, principal, ludekedesign (Zürich, Switzerland), will define the aeras suspension knit principle, which reportedly helps designers enhance inherent characteristics of composites in combination with carbon fiber.
And Patrick Zimmerman, a 3M (St. Paul, Minn.) lead senior application specialist, will offer an overview ofadhesives and low-density void fillers designed to meet 14 CFR 25.853 (d) Part IV requirements.
CW 2012: MMM
Next up in the fall is CW’s newest event, CompositesWorld 2012: Materials, Markets, Manufacturing conference, in North Charleston, S.C., Oct. 22-23. Held in conjunction with this year’s edition of the venerable SAMPE Fall Technical Conference (SAMPE Tech 2012) at the Charleston Convention Center, the two-day conference will give an overview of the key market opportunities for composite materials business, followed by new process and product developments and manufacturing technologies for composites industry veterans and newcomers. Here SAMPE, ACMA and CW will each offer conference programs. The preliminary lineup for the CW conference agenda follows two tracks, presented on successive days: the Business of Composites, and Composites Manufacturing Technology. The former will give attendees an overview of the composite materials supply chain and provide market overviews for key materials together with key end-market forecasts (aerospace, wind energy, sporting goods, construction/infrastructure and blast mitigation). Not least, conference goers will hear about process and product innovations intended to reduce costs and increase market penetration. The latter will provide an Introduction to Composites, a “basics” seminar for those new to the industry, and more meaty fare for accomplished composites pros.
On the pro docket are sessions developed to cover fabrics, prepregs, preforms and laminate consolidation techniques. Additional sessions will offer timely discussions of automation, machining/finishing of composites (and how these differ from postprocessing of metals) and nondestructive testing.
Among the confirmed speakers are Ross Kozarsky, an analyst with Lux Research Inc. (Boston, Mass.), who will discuss the increasingly important need to optimize materials selection in both automotive and aerospace structures; and consultant David Maass (Danobat, New York, N.Y.), who will investigate the use of automated fiber placement and subsequent infusion of dry fiber to manufacture high-performance composites. Randal Spencer, the president and CEO of Concordia Manufacturing LLC (Providence, R.I.), will give attendees a look at commingled carbon fiber/thermoplastic fiber prepregs with enhanced drapability that facilitates layup of complex-shaped composites; and Lutz Heinig, a technical manager at Karl Mayer North America (Greensboro, N.C.), will highlight developments in stitch bonding.
In light of the recent inclusion of styrene in the 2012 Report on Carcinogens by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dixie Chemical Co.’s (Houston, Texas) director of composite materials sales, Eric Koettker, will offer his advice on handling this now “suspected carcinogen” in his presentation on “Reducing Styrene Emissions.”
Alex Harding, operations manager at machine-tool specialist Cajero Ltd. (Isle of Sheppey, Kent, U.K.), will offer his insights into optimizing machining processes for composites. (Harding expounds on the same subject as an interviewee in HPC’s feature story “Hole ambitions: Increasing profit through more efficient machining” in this issue, on p. XX.) Bill Hasenjager, product marketing manager for independent machining system control software house CGTech (Irvine, Calif.), will share a balanced perspective on the capabilities and limitations of automated fiber placement technology. Finally, consultant and market analyst Sanjay Mazumdar (Lucintel, Irving, Texas) will offer his predictions about composite market opportunities in China.
For quick reference, a complete, if tentative, list of conference presenters and their topics can be found in the sidebar titled “CW 2012: MMM at a Glance” on p. XX. For more information on the conference, visit www.compositesworld.com/conferences/compositesworld-2012-materials-markets-manufacturing-conference.
Carbon Fiber 2012
Unchanged for 2012, CW Conferences’ long-running event for manufacturers, marketers, converters and users of carbon fiber is Carbon Fiber 2012, set for December 4-6 this year. CF 2012 will again this year provide attendees with an objective appraisal of the carbon fiber market. Composites industry prognosticator Chris Red will anchor a presentation of what can be known about the sometimes mysterious intentions of users and suppliers, with a peek behind the curtain at current and future fiber supply and demand.
Conference cochairs Steven Carmichael, director of sales at Grafil/Mitsubishi Co. (Sacramento, Calif.), and Andrew Head, president of Cincinnati, Ohio-based A&P Technology Inc., are busy prepping a conference lineup that will offer a comprehensive forum for discussion of new developments for carbon fibers not only in traditional aerospace and sporting goods markets but also in emerging industrial markets, such as wind energy, marine, infrastructure and construction. Speaker presentations and panel discussions will focus on methods to streamline manufacturing costs in both industrial and aerospace applications and the outlook for consumption in markets with significant potential for growth.
As always, CF 2012 will be the place to take advantage of numerous networking opportunities with conference attendees and presenters at catered meals, breaks and receptions.
Not the least of CF 2012’s attractions is the location: the beautiful Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel in San Diego, Calif.
Care to join the industry’s top carbon fiber professionals? For more information or to register for the conference, visit http://www.compositesworld.com/conferences/compositesworlds-2012-carbon-fiber-conference.