CompositesWorld Expo conference offers wind energy composites expertise

The Technical Conference at the show, Sept. 28-30, features "Fly Like the Wind: What Wind Energy Companies can Learn from Aerospace Composites Best Practices."

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The CompositesWorld Expo and Technical Conference is fast approaching and presents an opportunity for composites novices and experts alike to come up to speed on the latest materials, processes, tooling and software used in composites manufacturing.

CompositesWorld Expo is comprised of the Technical Conference Sept. 28-29, followed by the show Sept. 29-30. All will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill.

Among the conference presentations is "Fly Like the Wind: What Wind Energy Companies can Learn from Aerospace Composites Best Practices," presented by Dassault Systèmes and Magestic Systems. With wind installed capacity growing at a rate of 35 percent annually, wind turbines are the composites industry's fastest growing application. Ultralight, strong, highly resistant and durable, composites are ideal for producing lightweight blades with tremendous performance capabilities, but challenges remain great, with failure rates as high as 20 percent within three years.

Dassault and Majestic will discuss how borrowing best practices for the design and production of composite rotorcraft blades from the aerospace industry can vault wind turbine blade manufacturers to the forefront of the wind energy industry. See examples of techniques that have the potential to reduce costs and cycle times by integrating the entire design and manufacturing process within a single environment. And learn how simulation can be used to virtually verify manufacturability and durability, avoiding the high cost of trial and error in the real world and achieving significantly lower failure rates.

Presenters are Rani Richardson, a member of the Dassault technical competency center; Richard Boger, senior account manager with Dassault Systèmes' SIMULIA business; Mark Griffin, a simulation expert at Dassault Systèmes DELMIA; and Michael Spellman, vice president and CTO of Magestic Systems Inc., a software development company that specializes in material and process optimization across all CNC cutting applications.

The early-bird registration deadline for the conference has been extended to Aug. 28, so get signed up soon to take advantage of the best value for the conference. To see the entire conference agenda and to register for the show and conference, visit