CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly e-newsletter, has expanded the agenda for its Carbon Fiber 2012 conference, Dec. 4-6 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., USA.
CompositesWorld’s Carbon Fiber 2012 conference, sponsored by C. A. Litzler, Harper International, Knoxville Oak Ridge Innovation Valley and Izumi International Inc., will provide an objective, comprehensive forum to discuss new developments for carbon fibers in emerging industrial markets, such as wind energy, marine, and construction, as well as in traditional markets, such as aerospace and sporting goods. 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.
Added to the regular conference agenda is a presentation from composites industry veteran Dale Brosius, president, Quickstep Composites LLC (Dayton, Ohio, USA). He will review Quickstep's system of automated, through-thickness infusion and rapid curing of composites as applied to carbon fiber automotive composite structures. In particular, Brosius will explore the use of Resin Spray Transmission (RST), which shows promise as an automated, fast-cure process for the manufacture of composite parts with Class-A surface.
The conference also includes a preconference seminar (separate fee required), titled, "2012 Global Market for Carbon Fiber Composites: Maintaining Competitiveness in the Evolving Materials Market," presented by Chris Red, Composites Forecasts and Consulting LLC and Peter Zimm, ICF International. Over the past decade energy concerns have dramatically reshaped the markets for aircraft and energy products. This trend has placed a premium on efficiency, performance, and other measures of ownership costs. The high strength and performance characteristics of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) relative to many traditional construction materials has resulted in a punctuated adoption across aerospace, energy, industrial and consumer product markets. Over the coming decade, the factors supporting the growth of CFRP are expected to intensify, resulting in an expected 250 percent growth in materials demand. Carbon fiber materials, however, face advancing competition in the form of advanced metal alloys, which must both compete and be compatible with carbon composites. This seminar will provide a comprehensive look at how the end-user markets and advances in competing materials technologies are impacting the future market for carbon fiber materials and related supply chains.
For more information on the conference, to register or to view the entire conference agnda, visit Carbon Fiber 2012 on the CompositesWorld webstie.