CompositesWorld Expo and Conference under way

The CompositesWorld Expo and Conference began Sept. 28 in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill., at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, and ends Sept. 30. There is still time to register and attend.

The CompositesWorld Expo and Conference is under way in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill., at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, located at 1551 Thoreau Dr. N., Schaumburg, Ill. The two-track conference began Sept. 28 and finishes today. The two-day show begins today and ends Sept. 30.

The Introductory conference track introduces those familiar with traditional materials — engineering industries, such as metalworking — to the properties of fiber-reinforced composites. The Advanced conference track includes an overview of finite element analysis (FEA) design and manufacturing software, such as CATIA and FiberSIM, and how it can be integrated into product development and tooling systems for advanced composite design and processing, including complex ply books, automated fiber placement (AFP) and automated tape laying (ATL) systems.

The Expo features four on-floor keynotes: "20% Wind By 2030: The role of Industry, Government and Advanced Materials Technology," by Stephen Nolet, principal engineer and director of Innovation, TPI Composites; “Bridge in a Backpack – Rigidified Inflatable Composites for Bridge Construction and Other Infrastructure Opportunities," by Dr. Habib Dagher, director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine; "The Role of Composites in a Changing Automotive Landscape," by Jim deVries, Lightweight Materials Group, Manufacturing Systems Department, Ford Motor Co.; "Innovations for Aerospace Leadership," by Peter Wu, Ph.D., vice president/chief scientist, Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

Cost to register for the show on-site is $30. Visit www.compositesworldexpo.com for more information.