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COMPOSITESWORLD Expo and Conference Update

COMPOSITESWORLD announced in March that the agenda is nearly set for the upcoming COMPOSITESWORLD Expo conference, and it has set the 2008 dates for its High Performance Fibers and Carbon Fiber conferences. The Denver-based publisher of Composites Technology and High-Performance Composites magazines and the

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Posted on: 4/1/2008
Source: Composites Technology

COMPOSITESWORLD announced in March that the agenda is nearly set for the upcoming COMPOSITESWORLD Expo conference, and it has set the 2008 dates for its High Performance Fibers and Carbon Fiber conferences.

The Denver-based publisher of Composites Technology and High-Performance Composites magazines and the COMPOSITESWORLD Weekly e-newsletter, a division of Gardner Publications Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio), has announced that the agenda is nearly set for the CWExpo’s two conference tracks at COMPOSITESWORLD Expo, Sept. 2-5, 2008, at the new Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill.

The conference presentations at COMPOSITESWORLD Expo 2008 will focus on the principles of design and manufacture of composite materials. There will be two educational tracks:

The Beginners’ Track will introduce those familiar with traditional materials-engineering industries, such as metalworking, to the properties of fiber-reinforced composites. Among its many topics, the track will include practical sessions on CAD/CAM design; composites manufacturing processes, including compression molding, resin transfer molding (RTM), vacuum-assisted RTM (VARTM) and light RTM (LRTM); and prepreg with autoclave curing, with a special focus on how to select the fabrication process most suitable for the part design and application.

The Advanced Track will begin with an overview of 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.

2008 HPF AND CF Conferences

The CWExpo will be followed by the 2008 editions of COMPOSITESWORLD’s High Performance Fibers conference (Oct. 28-29) and the Carbon Fiber conference (Dec. 8-10). Both will be held at the Charleston Marriott Hotel (Charleston, S.C.).

Under the direction of Scott Stephenson, the Carbon Fiber conference has become the perennial meeting place where executives from leading carbon fiber suppliers, converters and prepreggers, composites parts manufacturers and end users discuss the current supply-and-demand situation for carbon fiber as well as the future prospect for growth of new carbon fiber composite applications. Conference presentations on Dec. 9-10 will cover market opportunities, new technology, and production processes to streamline manufacturing and lower costs. In addition, there will be two preconference seminars on Dec. 8, focusing on the latest market developments and technology, as well as numerous networking opportunities at catered receptions and roundtable luncheons.

More than 140 marketing executives, business development specialists, technical directors and industry analysts attended last year’s event in Washington, D.C., where the discussion ranged from the regional outlook for traditional markets, such as aerospace, commercial aviation and sporting goods, to the growing demand from industrial markets for carbon fiber, such as wind energy, construction, CNG and hydrogen storage tanks, and marine and automotive applications.

High Performance Fibers 2008 is designed for executives from leading manufacturers of high-performance fibers, such as para-aramids (Kevlar and Twaron), and high-performance polyethylenes (HPPE, Spectra and Dyneema), as well as those who use them, including participants as diverse as aerospace, armor and sporting goods OEMs, the U.S. Department of Defense, university and independent research laboratories, and composite parts manufacturers. Dana Granville, senior materials engineer for the Army Research Laboratory’s Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, will again cochair the event, leading discussions that will cover the diverse business opportunities and technical challenges that lie ahead in high-growth applications, such as body and vehicular armor and fire- and blast-resistance markets, high-performance rope and cordage, and sporting goods, marine, aviation and aerospace markets. Conference activities will include numerous networking opportunities, including a catered reception and roundtable luncheon. A preconference seminar, the morning of Oct. 28, will focus on the latest market developments and technology.

More than 100 marketing executives, business development specialists, technical directors and industry experts attended last year’s event in Washington, D.C., where they explored the latest market trends by application and region, as well as the most recent technical information on ballistic and high temperature fiber applications.

For more detailed conference information and/or to register for CWExpo or any of the conferences, contact Ralph Jessie, conference manager, E-mail: jessie@compositesworld.com; Tel.: (207) 221-6603; Fax: (207) 221-5848; Web site: www.compositesworldexpo.com.

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