The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) is "Creating New Opportunities the World Economy," according to the theme of its SAMPE 2006 Symposium. Billed as the largest educational event and only trade exhibition devoted entirely to advanced composites, the five-day event (conference, May April 30-May 4; exhibits, May 2-4) is sponsored this year by SAMPE's Los Angeles (Calif.) and Taiwan Chapters and will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center (Long Beach, Calif.). Convention visitors are invited to SAMPE's Welcome Reception, the evening of May 2 in the Convention Center's Grand Ballroom.
At press time, 231 industry material and processing equipment suppliers and service companies already had committed to show their latest offerings on the exhibit floor for what SAMPE estimates will be 5,000 attendees. (To find a particular supplier, use the SAMPE Exhibitor Listing (p. 34). Interested in a particular product or service? Find the suppliers or service companies that handle it and their booth locations in the SAMPE show Product and Services Directory (p. 42).
Composites in space and around the world
SAMPE presents not one but two keynote addresses this year: Dr William F. Balhaus Jr., president and CEO of The Aerospace Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.), will speak on the subject "Success and Challenges in Transforming National-Security Space." Noting that this five-decade program has advanced despite 1990s launch failures — recording 43 successful launches since that time — Balhaus will call attention to what will be needed to build, launch and operate the successful orbital assets of the future. SAMPE's co-keynoter, Dr. Johnsee Lee, is president of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, Taiwan, China). Dr. Lee will present an overview of the status of advanced technology as it relates to national economics and industries.
At the SAMPE Luncheon on Wednesday, May 3, Dr. Klaus Dreschler, professor at the University of Stuttgart's Institute of Aircraft Design (Stuttgart, Germany) will offer "Origami-Like Sandwich Structures for Aerospace Applications," new core structures based on folded sheet materials that offer high potential for automated manufacture of core for sandwich structures. The continuous folding process reportedly produces core at lower cost than honeycomb processes, yet may be used in composite products ranging from the packaging industry to advanced space structures, according to Dreschler.
Sessions and panels
More than 80 educational sessions, panels and plenary discussions will be held during the convention. A highlight of the program will be SAMPE's Carbon Fiber Market & Technology Update track, which includes a tutorial, three panel discussions, a special technical session and a forum. The events are scheduled over four days of the conference. For a complete list of Update speakers and topics, visit www.sampe.org. The Interagency Working Group on Fire and Materials (IWGFM) will conduct its annual business meeting at the show, the 13th co-located with the SAMPE event, and will sponsor "Fire Performance" technical sessions at the conference see "SAMPE at a Glance," opposite page).
SAMPE's three Meet the Experts sessions will offer advice in "roundtable" format during three sessions each day, on the three days of the exhibition: Monday — "Analysis Methods for Composites," "High Temperature Composites" and "Thermoplastics"; Tuesday — "Bonded Joint Technology," "Coatings for Space Materials," and Honeycomb/Sandwich Composites"; Thursday — "Filament Winding," "Prepreg Technology & Applications," "Textile & Preforms."
Live technology demonstrations and training sessions will be presented on the show floor on all three days. Scheduled presentations will be posted on the SAMPE Web site: www.sampe.org.
Bridges and wings
In its ninth year, testing for SAMPE's annual "Super Lightweight Bridge Building Contest" will take place on the show floor during exhibition hours on Tuesday. This year, winners will be announced in four categories: Carbon Bridges (kit and non-kit, Glass Bridges (kit only) and new Natural Fiber Bridges (kit only). Entrants (students only) will build nominal 24 inch long by 2.5-inch deep by 4-inch wide structures, which will then be tested to failure for weight effectiveness.
SAMPE's Wing contest, in its second year, is open to students and professionals. Entrants will construct dihedral shaped wings 152 mm/6 inches in width and a span of 914 mm/36 inches. Prizes will be awarded in kit and non-kit classes. Submitted wings must support a centrally applied load with no greater than 50.8-mm/2-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 contest, which contain a variety of advanced composite materials.
SAMPE's annual Fellows Banquet on Monday evening will honor five more individuals whose activities in the material and process community have demonstrated "passion, leadership and vision": Dr. Ever J. Barbero, Dr. Lawrence T. Drzal, Dr. John C. Halpin, Mr. Ray L. Hauser and Dr. Keith T. Kedward. The new Fellows will be presented to the industry at a cocktail reception open to all visitors who hold full symposium registration (for those without full registration, tickets will be available for $55 at the registration desk).