SAMPE 2005 preview

SAMPE's annual Symposium and Exhibition celebrates its 50th year of service.

In its 61st year, the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) will mark the Golden Anniversary of its SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition. The five-day event (conference, May 1-5; exhibits, May 3-5) is sponsored by SAMPE's Orange County (Calif.) Chapter and will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center (Long Beach, Calif.). SAMPE's Japan Chapter will sponsor the traditional Welcome Reception and 50th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday evening, in the Convention Center's lobby.

In keeping with the show's theme, "New Horizons for Materials and Processing Technology," more than 200 industry material and processing equipment suppliers and service companies ( see pp. 40-51) are expected to showcase their latest offerings during the exhibition, for which SAMPE estimates there will be 5,000 attendees.

Infusion revolution to space exploration

The keynote speaker for the event is William Seemann III, president of Seemann Composites Inc. (Gulfport, Miss.). On Tuesday morning (May 3), Seemann will present "SCRIMP, the Process that Started a Revolution in Infusion Technology for Large Structures."

At the SAMPE Luncheon on Wednesday, May 4, NASA's John C. Mankins, manager, exploration systems research and technology for the Office of Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mankins will outline his group's aggressive agenda for technology innovation and novel system concepts. the group's objective is to foster an affordable and sustainable program of space exploration that spans decades rather than years, as called for in NASA's 2004 Vision for Space Exploration. The presentation will provide an overview of the strategic technical challenges and will outline efforts within NASA's technology transfer and partnership programs to ensure not only that NASA-develop technologies are made available for private development, but that non-NASA technologies are applied in NASA programs as well.

NASA also will present two technology briefings. The first, "An Overview of NASA's Advanced Space Technology Program," will outline current research on materials for thermal protection systems, nanocomposites, advanced fabrics, space-durable polymers, self-healing materials and multifunctional materials. A second presentation will highlight "A New Type of Rover for the Rugged Lunar Highlands and the Dark Lunar Polar Craters." The subject will be a family of compact lunar rovers currently in development by the ANTS (Autonomous Nano Technology Swarm) Group at Goddard Space Flight Center. These "tetrahedral walkers," the first of which will be operational in November this year, are expected to be able to negotiate lunar terrain inaccessible to previous wheeled or conventional "legged" rovers.

Sessions and panels

At press time, more than 275 technical papers were scheduled. The National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) — Louisiana Partnership (New Orleans, La.) will sponsor one of two sessions on "Advanced Composites Manufacturing Technology" while the MIL-HDBK-17 working group will present a tutorial entitled, "Today's Standard has Changed." The tutorial will spotlight the six published volumes of its Composites Material Handbooks, highlighting the many changes and updates made in recent years, including new chapters on the "building block" approach and on damage tolerance.

On the national defense front, a special panel convenes on Wednesday afternoon to discuss "Materials and Processes for Homeland Security" — a hot topic in the U.S. since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The sheer breadth of potential applications has made it difficult to define what practical forms security measures will ultimately take. Panelists will discuss a number of materials and processes that will impact decisions about the design verification and implementation of security technologies.

The Interagency Working Group on Fire and Materials (IWGFM) will conduct its 18th annual business meeting at the show, the 12th co-located with the SAMPE event, and will sponsor three "Fire Performance" technical sessions at the conference.

Bridges and wings

The 8th annual "Super Lightweight Bridge Building Contest" will award prizes for the most weight-efficient bridges in two categories: the carbon bridge and the glass bridge, in both kit and non-kit classes. The bridge competition is open only to students this year.

New this year is the SAMPE Wing Contest. Open to students and professionals, the competition challenges participants to construct a dihedral shaped wing 15.2 cm/6 inches in width and a span of 91.4 cm/36 inches. Prizes will be awarded in kit and non-kit classes. Submitted wings must support 100 lb with no greater than 10 cm/4-inch deflection. The lightest wing to do so without failing will be the winner in each class. Participants will be supplied with the same kits used in the bridge-building contest.

At the Fellows Banquet, Monday evening (May 2), SAMPE will add four more of the material and process community's "best and brightest" to its exclusive list of SAMPE Fellows. SAMPE's 2005 Fellows are Dr. Donald Adams, Dr. Linda Clements, Dr. John Connell and Dr. Nobuo Ohashi.

For more information or to register, contact SAMPE, Tel.: (800) 562-7360 (toll-free, U.S. only), (626) 331-0616; Fax: (626) 332-8929; E-mail: registration@sampe.org; Web site: www.sampe.org.